Johnny Rotten

Johnny Rotten, also known as Johnny Rotten, is famous as the lead singer of the 70’s British punk band Sex Pistols, from the year 1975 until 1978, and later for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. Post breaking of Sex Pistols in 1978, he founded his band Public Image Ltd.

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Biography and Early Life

Lydon was born on 31 st January 1956 in London. His mother and father, Eileen Lydia and John Christopher Lydon were working-class emigrants from Ireland. John was the eldest among his four brothers and hence had to look after his siblings as their mother was severely ill and could not take care of them properly. During his childhood years, he would often end up in fights with the children from other neighborhoods.

At seven, he was diagnosed with a disease called Spinal meningitis. Post diagnosis, he spent a year in St. ann’s Hospital in Haringey, located in London, for treatment. Lydon had to go through many physical problems during this entire experience, including a permanent spinal curvature.

Since his father used to be away for most of the time, John landed up with his first job at ten as a minicab dispatcher. Considering that his family was going through a major financial crisis due to his mother’s treatment, he had to take a big step and do a proper job to support his family’s crisis.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Johnny Rotten in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Johnny Rotten’s age is 65 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 31 January 1956. Though, he is 5′ 6″ in feet and inches and 172 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 165 lbs in Pound and 75kg in Kilograms.


He studied at Catholic Secondary School. John initially was a shy child, but after years of being bullied at school by his teachers, he started to fight back at the age of fourteen and fifteen. He was kicked out of school at the age of fifteen after a fallout with a teacher.

He hence later went on to attend the Hackney College where he met John Simon Ritchie and became friends with him and started hanging with him and a bunch of other hippies, without bothering to go to school. At the same time, he started assisting his father at building sites during the summer.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Lydon was married to Nora Foster in 1979. As a result, he became the stepfather to Foster’s child Ari Up from her previous marriage. Ari was the lead vocalist of the post-punk band, Slits. Unfortunately, Ari passed away due to breast cancer in 2010. She had twin teenaged boys who were in bad shape. Lydon did not want her teenage boys to be abandoned, so after Ari’s death, he and Nora became legal guardians to them.

Lydon and Foster live in Venice, California. Foster was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018. In 2020, Lydon announced that he became a prime carer for his wife since her condition deteriorated as the days passed by.

Is Johnny Rotten Gay?

We did not find any report stating that Johnny Rotten is gay. He worked in the film industry for many years and had many male friends but never got involved in any homosexual relationship. He has been straight-oriented with a happy married life with his wife, Nora Foster. They are also the legal guardians of twin boys.

Professional Career

Lydon frequently hung around Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. Lydon’s rugged look and sense of style is what impressed McLaren. Hence, he was chosen as the lead singer for the band Sex Pistols. Lydon took an interest in dub music, which became a reason for tension between Lydon and the band’s bassist Glen Matlock.

However, according to Matlock, which he stated in his autobiography that, most of this tension was created by McLaren. He also said to have considered Lydon as too white-collar and middle class. Post Matlock’s exit from the band as the lead bassist, he asked his friend John Simon Ritchie to join the band.

John Simon Ritchie or Sid Vicious, nicknamed by Lydon, joined the band. Still, his heroin addiction and troubled relationship with his girlfriend Nancy made the situation tense between the band members. In 1978, The Sid Vicious phase of the Sex Pistols came to an end.

That year itself, Lydon formed a band called Public Image Ltd.


They created the album ‘This is What You Want’ in which it had a song named ‘This is not a Love song’ which got featured on no.5 in UK’s singles chart in 1983. He was also honored with the 1979 Face of the Decade NME Award, the 1977 and 1976 NME Award, the 2013 Porin Special Merit Awards, and the 2011 NME Award for Best Music Book.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Johnny Rotten in 2021

Johnny Rotten’s estimated net worth is $2 million as of 2021. He gained his wealth from his extensive singing career, records, labels, and concerts, ofcourse.

Johnny Rotten has made huge contributions to the music industry. He always had a unique way of producing his songs, which attracted his audience even more as they would eagerly be waiting for his experimented albums. His work has played a major role in laying the foundation for the current state of punk rock.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He is a big fan of Oscar Wilde.
  • He admitted to spending 10000 euros on iPad games.
  • He is a believer in anti-gay marriages.

Johnny Rotten will forever be an iconic legend of the punk rock genre. His family values is what keeps him grounded and attached to his family. He has given the world some amazing songs to enjoy. We hope to see more of his releases in the upcoming years for the people to groove on.

  1. Gene Ernest Duran IV May 9, 2021 at 2:37 pm

Facts of John Joseph Lydon

  • Gender Male
  • full nameJohn Joseph Lydon
  • birthplaceHolloway, London, England
  • Date of Birth January 31, 1956
  • Age 68 years 5 months
  • Horoscope Aquarius
  • Lucky Number 8
  • Lucky Stone Amethyst
  • Lucky Color Turquoise
  • Best Match for Marriage Aquarius, Gemini, Sagittarius
  • nationalityBritish, Irish, American
  • religionChristian
  • net worth$2 million
  • professionSinger, Songwriter, Musician, Actor
  • weightIn Kilograms – 75 Kg, In Pounds – 165 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 172 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 6″
  • hair colorBlonde
  • eye colorBlue
  • high schoolCatholic Secondary School

Written by Joel S. Elkins

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