Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten spent £10k on iOS games

Johnny Rotten, lead singer of 70s punk group The Sex Pistols, has admitted to a dirty little secret. Not the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle – that’s all out in the open. What he’s kept quiet so far is a vice of an entirely different kind: An addiction to iPad games.

Johnny Rotten in full flight with the Sex Pistols

Johnny Rotten in full flight with the Sex Pistols

Known these days as John Lydon, the musician has admitted to the British press that when he’s not playing with post-punk band PiL (Public Image Limited), he’s playing iOS games. All that spare time, he says, adds up to big money.

I wasted – you’re the first to know this – 10,000 f—— pounds in the last two years on apps on my iPad. I got into Game of Thrones, Game of War, Real Racing, and I just wanted to up the ante. And like an idiot I didn’t check myself. I’ve been checked now.

(That’s around AU$18,000, or US$15,600 by the way.)

Lydon explains to The Telegraph that “a bit of his childhood” was cruelly taken away from him as a youngster, and by buying – and playing – these games, he’s trying to bring some of it back.

The anecdote is almost entirely at odds to the rest of the interview, which highlights the rocker’s frugal upbringing and his charitable donations (including his payment for I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!).

We’re not sure what Lydon is playing these days, but as soon as we find out, we’ll let you know.

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