Public Image Ltd. and Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon discusses the key to longevity with his longtime partner and wife Nora Forster.
- How long have you and Nora been together? It's been almost 40 years, hasn't it?
JOHN LYDON: Yeah.
JOHN LYDON: Well, since-- yes, it's-- yeah, yeah, '79, say--
- We see--
JOHN LYDON: --since '78.
- We see so many rock-and-roll marriages and, you know, celebrity marriages that barely last even five years. I mean, what-- I imagine there might have been some people that didn't think you guys were going to last when you first met. Like, what's your secret?
JOHN LYDON: Well, good luck to people that are flippant about their relationships and responsibility towards their fellow human beings. But people like me and Nora, we spend the time and-- and take the efforts to understand each other, and-- and that then becomes our life's work in progress. And it's-- for my way of living, that-- that's how I want it to be.
- Were there--
JOHN LYDON: I-- I don't take commitments lightly. I don't treat my fellow human beings as-- as tools of my trade. And so there you go. I'm a-- I'm a loyalist at heart.
- Were there a lot of people when you guys first got together that didn't think it would last?
JOHN LYDON: Well, I mean, look, I started in-- in the wonderful world of rock-and-roll, and there-- it was-- quite frankly, sex was thrown at you left, right, and center. But no, it wasn't for me. I-- I don't like that flippancy. I-- I grew up having childhood illnesses that somehow left me feeling that there was something wrong with me, and I had to come to grips with that very-- very, very quickly once I was thrown onto a stage and into the public limelight. So I was-- I was aware of people that were attracted to me. Weren't because they knew anything at all about me, it was the fame and fortune. And those kind of people I don't want around me.
JOHN LYDON: That's not me being moralistic because morals, to me, are-- are a thing comes from religious intonations, and I'm definitely not religious. It's a sense of values, and I have to feel that a person respects me for who and what I actually really am. And I hope that that's the way it's seen vice versa. I'm like this with friends. I'm like this with my own family members. It's-- but once I make a commitment, it's forever, and then completely forgiving.