Man at His Best

John Lydon: What I've Learned

The former Sex Pistol talks Trump, rising early and why modern men are all 'naggy housewives'​.

BY Olivia Ovenden | Sep 28, 2016 | Music

I used to sleep all day, but now I'm up as soon as the sun rises. When you're young you're thrilled by nightclubs but then you realise the sun is actually the biggest glitter ball of all. And I'm having some of that.

If I hadn't done music I would have probably got caught selling gear. 

People are basically the same all over—we all want an easy life with minimal effort. Some disguise themselves in religion, others in business.

I don't like rigidity in anything. Punk wasn't about setting up a uniform or specific style we should all adhere to. You have to come up with your own identity.

The Internet is a tool for poisonous gossip where people pass on their fears and insecurities to others. Give it up.

Young men today have become old naggy housewives.

Corbyn said bugger all when it mattered in the referendum. The 'not my problem' attitude isn't the kind of socialism I can get on board with.

Honesty and good company make me happy, whether that means playing a gig or sitting around with your family. 

I've really cut down on 'acquaintances'.

Having a childhood illness was a blessing for me. I lost my memory for nearly four years. After that, you're going to come back and find out exactly who you are.

"This wallpaper is hideous one of us has to go," is my favourite Oscar Wilde quote. If you can face death with that amount of bravery you're a truly excellent human being.

Trump has never done anything apart from make money for himself. Sadly, he appeals to a group of people who think pointing the finger and blaming solves their issues.

The Country Life butter adverts gave me the money to re-start my music career with Public Image Limited. Anyone who gives me grief is just jealous. I could have taken the money from appearing on I'm a Celebrity and ran, but I gave it all to charity which I'm proud of.

I was an Arsenal fan before Wenger, and I'll be one a long time after.

From: Esquire UK.