‘Got no savings’ John Lydon says he’s in ‘financial ruin’ after battle with Sex Pistols

GMB: John Lydon rages over Sex Pistols documentary

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John Lydon, who rose to prominence as Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten, has hit out his bandmates Paul Cook and Steve Jones in a new interview. The punk icon has claimed he has “nothing” left after a legal fight with the band over the use of Sex Pistols hits in a TV drama.

The programme is due to air next year but John had gone to court over the use of the band’s music being used in the show.

In August of this year, a court ruling said Paul and Steve were entitled to involve “majority voting rules” against John so they could move ahead with using the band’s music in the upcoming series on Disney.

The 65-year-old has now said the Sex Pistols are finished forever after losing his court battle and said the band “ceased to exist”.

The musician also said that he is in a “state of financial ruin” as he addressed his circumstances.

“I’m seriously in a state of financial ruin,” John told the Daily Telegraph.

“I’ve got no more savings, no more loans, no pensions. I’ve got nothing. All right? I’m practically this close to zero.”

He went on: “And I’ve got a lovely wife I have to take care of who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, which is a hideously expensive illness.

“I’m f****d, and I’m scuppered in so many different ways. All I’ve got at age 65 is the chance to start again.”

The series, to be shown next year, is based on a memoir by Jones and is directed by Danny Boyle.

In the court case, which took place over a week, Paul and Steve argued under terms of a band agreement from 1998, decisions regarding licensing requests could be made on a “majority rules basis”.

However, John claimed the series was the “most disrespectful s**t I’ve ever had to endure” insisting the license for the band’s music could not be obtained without his consent.

Following the court case, Paul and Steve issued a joint statement which read: “It brings clarity to our decision-making and upholds the band members’ agreement on collective decision-making.


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“It has not been a pleasant experience, but we believe it was necessary to allow us to move forward and hopefully work together in the future with better relations.”

Meanwhile, John has been open about being the primary carer of his wife Nora Forster, who has Alzheimer’s.

In an interview on Good Morning Britain, he spoke about how he would never abandon his other half of 45 years.

John detailed: “It’s come on really strong and really quick. You’re asked questions of course by the doctors, ‘When did the symptoms first start?’

“But I really don’t know as I told the last doctor, she’s always been able to lose her keys. Are these indicators?”

He later added: “They lose the connections and they can’t verbalise what it is they feel sometimes, sometimes they can.

“Sometimes her memory is lethal. She can go back 20 years and remember in the greatest detail with complete accuracy. Now that’s fascinating.”

Express has contacted a representative for Paul Cook and Steve Jones for comment.

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