John Lydon reveals phobia of pork chops

Former Sex Pistols singer says the meat products remind him of his childhood meningitis

John Lydon has revealed that he “can’t go near a pork chop” after suffering a lifelong phobia of the meat products.

The former Sex Pistols frontman was recently speaking to The Observer, stating how his fear of pork chops originates from a period during his childhood when he was hospitalised for meningitis.

“I caught meningitis at seven. I went into a coma for three months and stayed for much of a year,” Lydon said. “I’d had a pork chop the night before I was hospitalised and I’ve associated pork chops with illness to this day.”

Despite not being able to “go near a pork chop” now, Lydon added that “nothing will keep me away from my smoky bacon”.

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This follows a recent claim from Lydon that he was banned by the BBC after speaking out against sex offender Jimmy Savile.

He discussed the issue with Piers Morgan for his Life Stories ITV show. Lydon said of an interview that took place in 1978: “I’m very, very bitter that the likes of Savile and the rest of them were allowed to continue. I did my bit, I said what I had to. But they didn’t air that.”

During the BBC radio interview, Lydon described Savile as being “into all sorts of seediness”, adding, “We all know about it but we’re not allowed to talk about it. I know some rumours.”

Speaking to Morgan, Lydon continued: “I found myself banned from BBC radio for quite a while, for my contentious behaviour. They wouldn’t state this directly; there’d be other excuses.”

“Weren’t I right? I think most kids wanted to go on Top Of The Pops but we all knew what that cigar muncher was up to.”

BBC issued a statement to NME, saying: “We’re not aware of any ban – official or unofficial”.