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Billy Idol dishes on how he traded his sex, drugs and rock n' roll lifestyle for cardio workouts

He is the 80s heartthrob famous for his rock anthems and infamous battle with heroin addiction, pot, opium, an alcohol habit and sex obsession - but now Billy Idol prides himself on keeping his body in trim shape.

The 63-year-old boasts his toned abs and often shows it off during his stage performances - and tells DailyMailTV he puts that down to his singing and cardio.

The rock star, who enjoys a Las Vegas residency at the Palms Casino and is touring with Bryan Adams this summer, admits that if he didn't keep himself in shape he would die of a heart attack because of his energetic stage shows.

The English star, known for his bleach blond hair, put his life on the line many times due to his rock and roll excess days, but now admits 'he enjoys it more' and no longer swigs vodka bottles during sets.

Rock star Billy Idol, 63, boasts toned abs and crisp vocals, which he tells DailyMailTV is attributed to a healthier lifestyle and cardio workouts

Rock star Billy Idol, 63, boasts toned abs and crisp vocals, which he tells DailyMailTV is attributed to a healthier lifestyle and cardio workouts  

Idol confessed that he is also in better shape as a performer as during his hey day he couldn't often hear what he was singing because gigs were so loud.

And he hopes that one day film makers will make a biopic about his life similar to that of Freddie Mercury and Elton John.

The 80s heartthrob shot to fame his rock songs and infamous battle with heroin addiction, alcoholism and sex obsession

Speaking exclusively to DailyMailTV at the MOCA Museum launch, Idol says he now focuses on going hard in the gym, not the partying scene.

'A lot of it is cardio. I have to do a lot of exercise because my stage performance, I don't just stand there. I'm full on engaged and you need all your breath. 

'For a singer, you need a ton of breath. You have to be fit to be a singer. You can't just be up there. You'd have a heart attack and die on stage, which would be interesting, but I much prefer to get through the gig and do another one.'

Making a joke, he added: 'So a lot of it is to do with being vital up there. Vital Idol, that was one of the names of my albums. So it's about vital out there. So I do as much as I can to give me the power, the energy, so I can get through the show and whatever age I am, I'm there.'

Idol says his performances on stage are worlds away from his former hedonistic life, where he partied and performed 24 hours a day.

And he admits that the loud music on stage and party mindset were unusual experiences.

'In the 80s and the very early 90s, I could never hear myself on stage, so there was an element about when I would be on stage sometimes you're going like, ''I can't hear anything anyway. Doesn't matter if I have a massive drink of vodka halfway through and get completely smashed.''

'These days, I'm using the in ear monitors, I can really hear my voice. I can work my voice, so ever since I got the in ears, which was about '96, that's something that's really helped a lot in terms of saving your hearing and also enabling you to work your instrument. I could never hear myself in the old days. I had no idea what I sounded like or anything. '

Idol says that when he performed in the 80s and the 90s he couldn't hear himself because the music was so loud, so he thought, 'I can't hear anything anyway. Doesn't matter if I have a massive drink of vodka halfway through and get completely smashed'

Idol, who enjoys a Las Vegas residency, admits that 'you have to be fit to be a singer' because if he wasn't he would 'have a heart attack and die on stage'

Idol, who enjoys a Las Vegas residency, admits that 'you have to be fit to be a singer' because if he wasn't he would 'have a heart attack and die on stage'

Idol, who grew up around London, admits his life is much calmer now on the road - and he can hear if he is in tune.

'I enjoy it a lot more because I can hear what I'm doing. In the old days, I had no idea what I was doing. I was always out of tune. I'm going like, ''It sounds out of tune. What's the point of being straight?'' Whereas nowadays, I can hear what I'm doing, I'm only out of tune occasionally, but that's Billy Idol.'

In recent years rock stars like Roger Daltrey of The Who have spoken of the trauma caused to hearing and throats from long term performances.

Daltrey now plays every other night, while Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath revealed to DailyMailTV how his work has left him partially deaf.

Idol admits he has been lucky despite his rock songs demanding much from his voice.

'You can hear my speaking voice has suffered a little bit. My singing voice is very clear, so it's pretty strange, but it's from pushing hard. 

'I've enjoyed what I've done. It's been fantastic and so far it's holding up and that's the fun of it – seeing if you can carry on doing it and it seems to be holding up and Steve Stevens is playing better than ever, so I'm having fun. I'm having fun working my instrument. This is what it is. This is what I am – an instrument.'

Rockers Roger Daltry and Mark McGrath have also revealed the trauma caused to their hearing from years of performing without hearing devices called 'in ears'
Sugar Ray's lead singer Mark McGrath has revealed he is going deaf and can no longer hear high pitch sounds due to 'years and years' of performing, he tells DailyMailTV

Rockers Roger Daltry and Mark McGrath have also revealed the trauma caused to their hearing from years of performing without hearing devices called 'in ears'

Currently rock star and music biopics are hot properties in Hollywood with hits like Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Idol has his eye on a future film about his astonishing life recovering from the brink of death due to his excess antics.

In his memoir Dancing With Myself, he bedded hookers supplied by Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and held orgies in his recording studio with willing groupies.

He added that his life consisted of: 'Never-ending broads and bikes, plus a steady diet of pot, cocaine, ecstasy, smack, opium, Quaaludes, and reds.'

And the Brit became convinced he was 'next in line to die outside an LA nightclub or on some cold stone floor, surrounded by strangers and paparazzi.'

'Today I can see I was on a tightrope hovering between life and death, but at the time I didn't care. I ignored the dangers,' he revealed.

In Thailand he took heroin before going further in a Bangkok hotel taking smack and over-the-counter drugs.

Idol flirted with the idea of having a biopic created about him, like that of Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody and Elton John with Rocketman
Idol flirted with the idea of having a biopic created about him, like that of Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody and Elton John with Rocketman

Idol flirted with the idea of having a biopic created about him, like that of Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody and Elton John with Rocketman

Idol got so high that one night Hollywood actor Mel Gibson and his horrified family came across him as he lay unconscious in the elevator with the door opening and closing against his stricken body.

Reflecting on a potential biopic, he confirmed: 'It would be important to keep it real. That would be the whole point of it, but at the same time, so many elements go into a life, so I think there's lots of ways of doing it, but yeah, it would be fantastic. 

'You can see at the moment they're doing people who are really massive you know. Like Queen and Elton are just huge. Maybe they'll get to me eventually and hopefully I've got a good story. I hope so.'

Idol heads out on tour next month with Adams and returns to his critically acclaimed Palms' Pearl Theater residency in October. 

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Now drug free Billy Idol goes to YouTube to see how he lived in the eighties

BILLY Idol’s first visit to Australia in 1984 included one particularly infamous appearance.

During that year’s Countdown Awards, host Molly Meldrum casually asked Idol what he’d been doing since arriving in Australia.

“I’ve had some really heavy sex,” Billy Idol replied.

Then repeated it just in case nobody heard.

The incident features in Molly’s new book, but is absent from Idol’s freshly-released memoirs Dancing With Myself.

“Ah, I don’t quite remember that, it’s all a bit of a blur these days,” Idol said. “But I’m sure I was having as much sex as I could possibly find down there!”

BOOK, NEW ALBUM: Billy Idol to tour Australia

The White Wedding hitmaker’s last Australian tour in 2002 was best remembered for an unfortunate power shortage during his NRL Grand Final performance.

“That was a shame but the whole crowd sang Rebel Yell anyway, so it was fantastic,” Idol recalled.

The autobiography (Idol refreshingly didn’t use a ghost writer) redefines the phrase ‘sex, drugs and rock and roll’.

Even before he found fame as part of London punk band Generation X, Idol was already indulging in chemicals. By the time the band split and he relocated to New York in 1981 (where he shared a manager with Kiss) Idol had developed duelling heroin and cocaine habits.

“I was a functioning drug addict,” Idol says. “A dysfunctioning drug addict maybe. At least I was doing my job, carrying on doing what I love. It was par for the course back then. A lot of people were living that life in the `80s.

“There was a feeling of ‘It’s the end of the world, there’s no future’, Party like it’s 1999, Prince said. There was that element about people’s lives in that decade and I was very much a part of living like there’s no tomorrow. It was fun, a lot of fun, but I’m really glad I’m alive today to tal

k about it and not dead, or brain dead or in prison.”

Much like Motley Crue’s jaw-dropping The Dirt, Idol goes into graphic detail about his copious sexual exploits, many behind the back of his long-term girlfriend. The recording budget of 1990s Charmed Life album included paying for class A drugs and the company of women.

“That was part of the job back then,” Idol says. “An amazing part of the job. And great fun. But it all got very over the top in the end. It’s difficult to disengage from that debauched lifestyle.

“Back in the `80s AIDS and hep C were only just coming along, a bigger awareness of these super diseases created by human conduct were a bit of a wake up call. But it didn’t strike the majority of people until the `90s.

“We were living in this window from the late `50s to the late `80s, you could live this free love life of sex drugs and rock and roll without too many consequences. People used to tell you you couldn’t get addicted to cocaine. People were in a fantasy land about a lot of things.”

You won’t read any rehab stories from Idol, apart from a stint in Alcoholics Anonymous in the ‘90s he’s dealt with his addictive personality himself.

“ I’m not someone who’s completely sober but I’m just not going apesh — anymore,” he admits. “I don’t go stark raving bonkers like I used to. My dad always said ‘William, your eyes are bigger than your stomach’ and that was part of my problems with drugs. My appetite was so much bigger than what I could take. I do have a self destructive side which can drag me down.

“I’m lucky my talent is intact to a certain degree and my voice and I can physically do what I’m doing and enjoy it, that’s a gift in itself. I’m sure it’s just by the skin of my teeth, I just about scraped through. I know how lucky I am.”

When his memory failed him, Idol was able to YouTube his own history.

“Some of those interviews in the early `80s I was so loopy it’s hilarious,” he says.

“But I’m 58, the memories are fading, it’s nearly 40 years since punk rock. It’s all getting very much into the fog of time. I wanted to write the book while I have some semblance of recall.”

Idol worked on his memoirs while also making his comeback album, the surprisingly strong Kings and Queens of the Underground, with iconic producer Trevor Horn.

“Some of the album is autobiographical,” he says. “Making the book and the album rubbed off on each other.”

Idol is expecting his son and daughter to read the book, “but they already know about my life, maybe just not in the depth this book goes into!”

And while he’s no stranger to chemicals, Idol insists his fresh face is Botox free.

“I haven’t really done too much at all,” he says of his skin. “I’ve been lucky. Anyway, how can I do the lip sneer if my face is frozen? I need that rubbery face!”

Kings and Queen of the Underground (Kobalt) out now.

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Billy Idol: Sex, Drugs, 'Charmed Life,' and the Crash That Nearly Killed Me

By the morning of February 6, 1990, I’d been living on a fine edge for more than a decade, always courting disaster to experience the biggest high. I’d been living the deranged life. I felt so nihilistic, yet why hadn’t I just tuned in and dropped out? Instead, I followed Jim Morrison’s credo, the credo of Coleridge and, at one point, Wordsworth, the credo of self-discovery through self-destruction I so willfully subscribed to until this moment:

Live every day as if it’s your last, and one day you’re sure to be right.

On this fateful morning, I’m standing wide-awake at dawn in the living room of my house in Hollywood Hills, overlooking the Los Angeles basin that falls and stretches away toward the high-rising pillars of downtown. I haven’t slept, still buzzing from the night’s booze and illicit substances lingering in my bloodstream, staring at the view of the city beginning its early morning grumblings. Daylight unfolds and casts shadows within the elevation, as if God is slowly revealing his colors for the day from his paint box, the hues of brown and green of earth and foliage offset by the bleached white of the protruding rocks that hold my home in place on the hillside.

Standing at my window, I hear sirens blaring in the distance. Someone wasn’t so lucky, I think as I tune in to the rumble of cars ferrying tired and impatient commuters on the 101 freeway that winds through the Cahuenga Pass, the sound of a world slowly getting back in motion. The constant moan of the freeway echoes that of my tired and played-out soul.

Just the night before, after almost two years of work, we put the aptly titled album Charmed Life to bed. I’m feeling some pressure, home early from the de rigueur studio party. I say that as if we threw one party to celebrate the completion of the album, but the truth is that the party went on for two years. Two years of never-ending booze, broads, and bikes, plus a steady diet of pot, cocaine, ecstasy, smack, opium, quaaludes, and reds. I passed out in so many clubs and woke up in the hospital so many times; there were incidents of returning to consciousness to find I was lying on my back, looking at some uniformly drab, gray hospital ceiling, cursing myself and thinking that I was next in line to die outside an L.A. nightclub or on some cold stone floor, sur- rounded by strangers and paparazzi.

I’ve been taking GHB, a steroid, to help relieve symptoms of the fatigue that has been plaguing me and preventing me from working out and keeping my body in some semblance of good shape. If you take too much GHB, which I’m prone to do, it’s like putting yourself in a temporary coma for three hours; to observers, it appears as if you are gone from this world.

When we began recording in 1988, we promised each other we’d be cool and focused, and not wholly indulge in drugs and debauchery. But as weeks stretched into months, Fridays often finished early with “drop-time”—the moment we all took ecstasy. And then Friday soon became Thursday and so on, until all rules were taboo. We somehow managed to make music through the constant haze. It seemed like every few days I was recovering from yet another wild binge, and it took three days to feel “normal” again. The album proved to be slow going and the only way to feel any kind of relief from the pressure was to get blotto, avoid all human feelings, and reach back into the darkness once again. Somewhere in that darkness, I told myself, there was a secret of the universe or some hidden creative message to be found.

We’d invite girls to come to the studio to listen to the music. Mixing business with pleasure seemed the best way to see if the new songs worked. We’d be snorting lines of cocaine, and then the girls would start dancing. Before long, they’d end up having sex with one or more of us on the studio floor. Once the party was in full swing, we walked around naked but for our biker boots and scarves. Boots and Scarves became the running theme.

The girls loved it and got in on the act. It helped that we recruited them at the local strip bars; they felt comfortable naked. We had full-on orgies in those studios we inhabited for months. It was like a glorified sex club. We were all about instant gratification, lords of the fix.

Now that it’s all said and done, I feel exhausted and shattered. The keyed-up feeling that prevents me from sleeping is the result of the care and concern I put into making a record that will decide the course of my future. That’s the sort of pressure I put on myself every time. Then there’s the fact that the production costs have been astronomi- cal; the need to keep the bandwagon rolling has drained my spirit and sapped my will.

Months later, Charmed Life will go on to sell more than a million copies. The “Cradle of Love” single and video, directed by David Fincher, will both become massive hits. But I don’t know this when I retreat to my home alone at 2 a.m., intending to get some rest after wrapping recording. The breakup of my relationship with my girlfriend, Perri, the mother of my son, Willem, has left me bereft, but finishing the album has been my only priority. “If the thing is pressed . . . Lee will surrender,” Lincoln telegraphed Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox in 1865. And then: “Let the thing be pressed.” That’s a rock ’n’ roll attitude. The difficult has to be faced straight-on and the result forged out of sweat and tears. That’s where I take my inspiration. The wide-screen version of the last few years’ tumultuous events plays in my subconscious and cannot be ignored. What can I do to keep away these blues that rack my thoughts and creep into my bones? It’s a fine day, warming up, the sun burning off the morning smog. Still, I feel uneasy, dissatisfied in the pit of my stomach. With the album now finished, I’ll have to take stock of life and contemplate the emptiness without Perri and Willem.

The bike will blow away these post-album blues, I think. As I open the garage door, the chrome of my 1984 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide gleams with expectation, beckoning me.

The L.A. traffic is thick and the warmth of the sun is fresh on my face, its glow spreading over my bare head. California has yet to pass legislation making the wearing of helmets compulsory, and I’ve always liked the feel of the wind in my hair. My bike clears its throat with a deep, purring growl. The gleaming black tank and chrome fixtures flash in the sharp, sacrosanct daylight. I’ve opted for all denim to match the blue-sky high.

The Harley’s firm hold on the road this morning is comforting, and I begin to relax; its curves perfectly match the contours of the pavement below. I try to outrun the demons. The sweet, jasmine-honeyed air intoxicates my spinning mind. I rev the bike, which reacts easily to my commands as I sail breezily along the winding canyon road toward Sunset Boulevard. The lush greenery and trees lining the road refresh my thoughts, and my concentration wanders. My mind is filled with images of Peter O’Toole as Lawrence of Arabia speeding through the English countryside, testing his bike, pushing it to the limit, when—


An almighty explosion interrupts my silent reverie. I feel my body violently tumbling through the air, floating into a pure void. I black out before landing.

I sense beings crowding around me. I hear voices, some very close and loud, others softer and farther away. The whirl of movement in this dark vortex tells me that other worlds exist; I can feel their magnetic pull. People have a gravity of presence, and I can feel their move- ment as I slowly regain my senses. I’m not sure if I’m alive or dead.

I’m transported to just above myself. There are no white tunnels or distant lights, rather a red dimension. Walking through the shadow world on the other side, I see the beings who grace the crimson night crowding around to greet me. They pour out their love. The strange dimension sends a beam of thought: You’re all right. We love you. Don’t worry, here is love. They press and push. The circle of people holds my soul in a warm embrace.

Now I slip into a warp of darkness, pulled from this loving dimen- sion. I hang in a slip of time between life and death; I slowly begin to regain consciousness. The screen behind my eyes has yet to come on. It’s as if God has not yet spoken those immortal words “Let there be light.”


I heard the crash. Bikers say that if you don’t hear that crash, you’re already dead. I open my eyes. Bright sunlight floods in. I’m staring at the curb, my forehead resting just an inch from the sidewalk’s edge. I’m lying in a bloody heap in the street, my Harley not too far away.

I’m positioned awkwardly on my left side, on top of my left arm. I free my arm, only to see something is very wrong. My wrist is f-cked up, leaving my fingers contorted, clawlike.

I lift up to look at the rest of my body and a terrific pain courses through my nerve endings. Any attempt at movement brings waves of agony that rack me to the core. Looking down, I see that my right boot is without a heel, smashed into the asphalt. I try to move my leg; nothing happens. I see a bloody, mangled stump sticking through my torn jeans. It looks as if my foot and my lower leg are separated from me, the denim lying flat on the pavement beneath my knee, a pool of blood quickly spreading from the soaked cloth. I lie there and wait for help.

The immortal biker slogan “There are those who have been down and there are those who are going down” reverberates through my brain as I watch a man walk across the street. Though he sees my condition, he asks, “Are you all right?” Ignoring the question, I blurt out, “I’ve got Blue Cross Blue Shield—take me to Cedars-Sinai,” before passing out.

I’m zapped back to reality with a sharp jolt as the EMTs move me from the street to the ambulance on a stretcher. They start to cut my clothes off, and I actually think to myself, Just as well I didn’t wear my favorite leather riding jacket.

The herky-jerky movements of the ambulance as it picks its way through traffic—slowing down then speeding up—combined with the blaring siren are strangely comforting. The actions of the two paramedics are cool, calm, and deliberate. I am in good hands. The speed with which they transfer me to the hospital gurney and take me to the emergency operating room reminds me of an experience I had in Thai land the year before, where I was escorted speedily out of the country by a platoon of the Thai Army, tranquilized and lashed to a military stretcher. By the time I reach the emergency room, the pain is so intense my thoughts are stopped cold as my injuries wreak havoc on my nervous system. I am probably screaming, but I am deaf to any sound.

The fact is, I have been deaf to many things. The road I’ve taken may have been the one less traveled, but definitely not in a good way. It was littered with disregarded warning signs. Despite spiritual reassurance by those friendly beings regarding my mortality, back in the real world, it’s payback time. It is not the first time nor the last that William Broad will be held to account and asked to pay a heavy price.


From DANCING WITH MYSELF, by Billy Idol. Copyright © 2014 by Billy Idol. Published Touchstone, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Reprinted by permission.

Billy Idol is a multi-platinum recording artist and Grammy nominee, and has written songs such as “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” and “Cradle of Love.” He lives in Los Angeles.

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Billy Idol Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Billy Idol Quick Info
Height5 ft 9 in
Weight70 kg
Date of BirthNovember 30, 1955
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Eye ColorBlue

Billy Idol is a talented and successful English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is known for his punk rock style of music and songs like Rebel Yell, To Be a Lover, Cradle of Love, Dancing With Myself, Eyes Without a Face, and Shock to the System. In the mid-1970s, he quit retro-rock band Chelsea as a guitarist and formed his own punk band called Generation X. The name Billy Idol was coined after his teacher’s unfortunate remark calling him “William is IDLE”. He attended the University of Sussex for a year. He has a huge social media fan base with more than 500k followers on Instagram.

Born Name

William Michael Albert Broad

Nick Name

Billy Idol

Billy Idol in an Instagram post as seen in July 2018

Sun Sign


Born Place

Stanmore, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom


  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Los Angeles, California, United States




Billy Idol studied at the Ravensbourne School for Boys in London Borough of Bromley, England and Worthing High School for Boys in Worthing, West Sussex.

In October 1975, he joined the University of Sussex to major in English, however, he left after a year.


Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor


  • Father – Bill Broad (Salesman)
  • Mother – Joan Broad
  • Siblings – Jane Broad (Younger Sister)
  • Others – Albert Broad (Paternal Grandfather), Naomi Heslop (Paternal Grandmother), Michael O’Sullivan (Maternal Grandfather)


Billy Idol is managed by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Talent and Literary Agency, Beverly Hills, California, United States.


Punk Rock, Hard Rock, Glam Rock, Dance-Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk, Dance-Punk


Vocals, Guitar


  • Chrysalis Records
  • EMI Records
  • Sanctuary Records
  • BFI




5 ft 9 in or 175 cm


70 kg or 154.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Billy Idol has dated –

  1. Heather McCartney – In the early 1980s, Billy dated Heather McCartney.
  2. Savannah – Billy was in a brief relationship with p*rnographic film actress Savannah.
  3. Sonja Morgan – Billy dated fashion model and actress Sonja Morgan in the past.
  4. Ginger Lynn Allen – Billy briefly dated p*rnographic actress and model, Ginger Lynn Allen.
  5. Patti Johnsen – Billy was rumored to be dating Patti Johnsen in the past.
  6. Justine Bateman – Billy had an encounter with writer Justine Bateman.
  7. Bridgette Monroe – Billy was linked to actress Bridgette Monroe.
  8. Heather Hart – Billy is rumored to have had an encounter with Heather Hart.
  9. Downtown Julie Brown – Billy had an encounter with former MTV VJ and host, Downtown Julie Brown in the past.
  10. Pleasant Gehman – Billy reportedly dated author, writer, poet, actress, dancer, and musician, Pleasant Gehman in the past.
  11. Vanity – Billy was in a brief relationship with singer Vanity.
  12. Seka – Billy was also linked to Seka.
  13. Linda Susebach – Billy is also rumored to have had a brief encounter with Linda Susebach.
  14. Sherilyn Fenn – Billy is rumored to have had an encounter with actress Sherilyn Fenn. The pair also appeared together on the cover of In Fashion (January 1991) magazine.
  15. Kristi Michaels – Billy had an encounter with Kristi Michaels.
  16. Joan Jett (1978) – Billy had an encounter with rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer, and occasional actress, Joan Jett in 1978.
  17. Perri Lister (1980–1989) – In 1980, Billy began a relationship with Hot Gossip dancer, Perri Lister. Perri had a significant influence on his music and his life; however, Perri ended their relationship in 1989. The couple has a son together named, Willem Wolf Broad (b. June 15, 1988).
  18. Julia Roberts (1984) – In March 1984, Billy briefly dated actress Julia Roberts, who was only 16 years old then. They met on a flight to Australia. Julia incidentally told her high school friends that she lost her v*rginity to Billy.
  19. Brooke Fields – Billy was rumored to have had an encounter with Brooke Fields.
  20. Melissa Gilbert (1986) – In 1986, Billy had a fling with actress Melissa Gilbert.
  21. Bunty Bailey (1987–1988) – In 1987, Billy began a relationship with former English model, dancer, and actress Bunty Bailey who reportedly dumped Norwegian musician Morten Harket for Billy. However, their relationship only lasted a year.
  22. Grace Hattersley (1987) – In February 1987, Billy briefly dated socialite, Grace Hattersley.
  23. Linda Mathis (1988–1990) – In 1988, Billy began a relationship with Linda Mathis, who was 13 years younger to him. They have a daughter together named, Bonnie Blue Broad (b. August 21, 1989). They separated after 2 years in 1990.
  24. Maria Conchita Alonso (1989) – In 1989, Billy was rumored to have had an encounter with Venezuelan singer, songwriter, and actress Maria Conchita Alonso.
  25. Josi Campos (1991) – In 1991, Billy had a fling with former model Josi Campos.
  26. Peggy Trentini (1991) – In 1991, Billy had an encounter with model and actress Peggy Trentini. Peggy considers Billy to be the best kisser amongst the other men she had dated.
  27. Hilary Herth (1991) – In 1991, Billy had an encounter with Hilary Herth. Their brief encounter ended miserably, as Hilary who was only 17 years, filed a paternity suit stating that she wants Billy to support her baby daughter. However, after a blood test, Hilary’s claim turned out to be false.
  28. Shanna Moakler (1994-1996) – In the mid-1990s, Billy started dating model, actress, reality television star, and beauty queen, Shanna Lynn Moakler. Their relationship lasted for 2 years.
  29. Drew Barrymore (1994) – In January 1994, Billy was spotted with actress Drew Barrymore and the couple was rumored as dating each other.
  30. Tammy Pobi (1995) – In 1995, Billy had a brief encounter with Tammy Pobi, a Canadian dance artist from Quebec, Canada.
  31. Lindsay Cross – In 2008, Billy started dating stylist Lindsay Cross. Their relationship lasted for more than 4 years.
  32. China Chow (2018) – In April 2018, Billy began a relationship with British socialite China Chow.
Billy Idol during a performance as seen in November 2005

Race / Ethnicity


He is of English and Irish descent.

Hair Color


He often tends to bleach his hair.

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Spiky hair
  • Signature sneer and curled lips
  • Often seen in leather jacket and chains

Brand Endorsements

Billy Idol has either endorsed or appeared in the commercials for brands like Ikea (2002).

Billy Idol during a performance at the Peace And Love Festival in June 2012

Best Known For

Being the lead vocalist of the punk band Generation X and later, for popularizing the punk rock culture with his songs like White Wedding, Rebel Yell, To Be a Lover, Cradle of Love, Dancing With Myself, Eyes Without a Face, and Shock to the System.

First Album

In July 1982, Billy released a debut solo self-titled studio album, Billy Idol through Chrysalis Records. The album received a ‘Gold’ certification from RIAA.

First Film

In 1991, he made his theatrical film debut in the biographical drama film The Doors as the Cat.

In 2000, he made his theatrical film debut as a voice actor in the animated action-adventure film Heavy Metal 2000 as Odin.

First TV Show

In 1977, he made his first TV show appearance on the music series Top of the Pops.

In 2010, he lent his voice in the animated comedy series Glenn Martin DDS.

Personal Trainer

Billy Idol maintains a steady workout schedule to stay fit as he advances in age. He practices Pilates to remain flexible and garner strength.

He is a pescatarian.

Billy Idol Favorite Things

  • Piece Of MusicJohnny Burnette and the Rock ‘n Roll Trio (1956) by Johnny Burnette and The Rock and Roll Trio
  • Film – The Searchers (1956)

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Billy Idol at Gurtenfestival in July 2006

Billy Idol Facts

  1. His father relocated them to Long Island, New York when he was 3 years old. However, they moved back to the UK after 4 years.
  2. Growing up, he lived in a place above a pub called The Running Horses in Dorking, Surrey.
  3. After dropping out of the university in 1976, he joined the Bromley Contingent of S*x Pistols fans.
  4. Billy’s parents were religious who attended the Anglican Church regularly.
  5. At the age of 10, he was dismissed from Boys Scouts in Goring for kissing a girl.
  6. In 1994, he was admitted to the Los Angeles hospital and was treated for a drug overdose.
  7. In 1992, he admitted his charges for assaulting and punching his companion Amber Nevel outside a West Hollywood restaurant; and as a result of which he had to pay a fine of $2,700 and appear in a series of anti-drug commercials.
  8. Billy coined his stage name “Billy Idol” from a bad paper which his Chemistry teacher wrote as a note to his parents “William is IDLE”.
  9. In 1976, after performing for a few weeks with the retro-rock band Chelsea as a guitarist, he quit and formed his own punk band called Generation X.
  10. He temporarily lost sight during the making of the music video Eyes Without A Face when the studio lights’ heat fused his contact lenses.
  11. In February 1990, he survived a serious motorcycle accident which left him temporarily paralyzed waist down, as a steel rod had to be surgically inserted into his right leg.
  12. While making the music video for Cradle of Love, he had to be filmed from the torso and up as he was paralyzed due to his motorcycle accident.
  13. Moreover, his role in the film The Doors (1991) had to be reduced after his motorcycle accident.
  14. VH1 had ranked him #55 on their list of ‘100 Sexiest Artists’.
  15. Apart from making to the covers of many music magazines, Billy has also been featured on the covers of fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, In Fashion, Blitz, and more.
  16. If he could go and save someone from the past, he would have saved John Lennon.
  17. He is one of the first musicians to include an email address in the album liner notes in the early 1990s.
  18. In 1963, he bought his first record, She Loves You by the Beatles.
  19. He enjoys a bit of golf.
  20. He wrote his song White Wedding in just 20 minutes.
  21. Billy confesses that he lost his v*rginity to Tommy James and the Shondells’ song Mony Mony; the cover song which he later included in his EP titled Don’t Stop in 1981.
  22. While working for his father’s company, he delivered tools.
  23. His usual mode of travel is a motorcycle.
  24. He loves Kendrick Lamar’s album To Pimp a Butterfly (2015).
  25. He is an avid reader of history books.
  26. The title for his song Rebel Yell was inspired after seeing the Rolling Stones drink Rebel Yell bourbon.
  27. He often jammed with Adam Sandler in his trailer during the filming of The Wedding Singer (1998).
  28. He loves dub and reggae genres of music.
  29. Billy was James Cameron‘s first choice to play the robot assassin T1000 in the 2nd Terminator film, which however became impossible due to Billy’s bike accident as the role demanded him to run fast.
  30. On October 7, 2014, he released his autobiography, Dancing With Myself.
  31. On November 14, 2018, Billy got a US citizenship.
  32. Visit his official website @
  33. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Billy Idol: ‘My diet was pot, cocaine, smack, opium, ecstasy … and women’

BILLY IDOL spent his Eighties heyday so wasted on drugs that he once drifted towards death after a heroin overdose — and welcomed the end.

The Rebel Yell singer, now 58, has also spoken out for the first time about
his other addiction, to sex.

He bedded hookers supplied by Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and held orgies in his recording studio with willing groupies.

In his autobiography Dancing With Myself he declares that for two years his life consisted of: “Never-ending broads and bikes, plus a steady diet of pot, cocaine, ecstasy, smack, opium, quaaludes, and reds.”

And the Brit became convinced he was “next in line to die outside an LA nightclub or on some cold stone floor, surrounded by strangers and paparazzi”.

In fact, the closest he came to death was in 1984, the same year that Rebel Yell, Eyes Without A Face and Flesh For Fantasy topped charts around the world.


He had gone to a flat in London with a friend who pulled out what he called “very strong Persian brown heroin”.

Billy snorted five lines of the drug before everything went black and he realised he was dying.

While his friends frantically tried to save him, he was so high that he craved death, thinking, “Let me sleep, let me dream. I don’t want to awake — I’m an emperor!”

But against his wishes he was forced back into consciousness. Drugs also got him into trouble, though he occasionally got away with things by a quirk of fate.

At one point in 1982 — the year White Wedding was released — he moved into a bungalow at Hollywood’s famous Chateau Marmont hotel. In the early hours, out of his mind on drink, he started smashing up his room.

He then panicked when he saw police heading towards his villa — and stood stark naked at the door to await them, only for them to rush straight past.

It was only later he learned that they had been called to try to help hell-raising Hollywood actor John Belushi, who had just fatally overdosed aged 33 in another bungalow.

Then there were the women — loads of them.


Billy, famed for his peroxide blond hair and his arrogant sneer, recalls: “We’d invite girls to come to the studio to listen to the music. We’d be snorting lines of cocaine, and then the girls would start dancing.

“Before long, they’d end up having sex with one or more of us on the studio floor. Once the party was in full swing, we walked around naked but for our biker boots and scarves.

“We had full-on orgies in those studios we inhabited for months. It was like a glorified sex club.”

Londoner Billy, who was born to a salesman dad and a mum who was a nurse, also describes steamy individual encounters, including losing his virginity aged 15 to a shopworker in Bromley, South East London.

He remembers that he lied about his inexperience, bragging that he had had sex before — and that the pop song Mony Mony by Tommy James and the Shondells was playing on the radio at the time.

That’s why, he reveals, he did a cover version of the track years later.


Then there was his romp in an airline at 30,000ft in a first-class loo, high on cocaine, with a girl who forced her way into the cubicle to get to him.

He adds: “I was having a great time. Today I can see I was on a tightrope hovering between life and death, but at the time I didn’t care. I ignored the dangers.”

During this whole sex-and-drug-fulled spell, for nine years from 1980, Billy was meant to be in a relationship with Hot Gossip dancer Perri Lister, now 55. She gave birth to his first child, Willem Wolfe, in 1988.

But a few months later his womanising caught up with him when Perri heard him chatting on the phone to his lover as he sat next to his son’s baby monitor.

The singer tried to deny the romance but his partner was able to repeat back to him everything she had heard over the listening device.

In August 1989 Perri left him saying, “I’ve had enough of this.”


The singer admits he reacted badly to the split and, during a three-week break in Thailand, took heroin again for the first time in two years. He then spent his time in a Bangkok hotel taking smack and over-the-counter drugs.

He got so high that one night Hollywood actor Mel Gibson and his horrified family came across him as he lay unconscious in the elevator with the door opening and closing against his stricken body.

A friend later told him that Mel gave a polite, “Excuse me,” before leading his wife and kids to the next elevator.

Idol also confesses to using the services of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, who supplied call girls to wealthy clients at parties. He claims he would “snag” up to three girls at a time and that the hookers never asked for anything in return as he was so famous.

As a bachelor he felt there was no way he could say no.

Idol went on to have a second child, Bonnie Blue, with 19-year-old girlfriend Linda Mathis in 1989. And it was having to face up to his responsibilities as a father that finally convinced him to clean up his act.

In 1990 he had a serious motorbike accident that almost caused him to lose a leg — and his fear of making his children orphans forced him to become a better person.

He thinks he has now put the worst of his rock and roll excesses behind him.


The star, who spent a great deal of his adult life living in the US, moved back to the UK last year to care for his father, Bill Broad, after he was diagnosed with cancer.

He and his dad previously fell out about his choice of career but managed to patch up their differences before Bill passed away on August 7 this year.
Idol said: “My father is a great man, and I am privileged to be his son.”
Billy Idol’s drug abuse got so bad that his behaviour appalled even the hard-partying members of the Rolling Stones.

He recalls how, after working on his 1986 album Whiplash Smile, he turned up at the band’s recording studio to see his childhood heroes, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.

Idol was in a terrible mood and so out of his mind that before he knew what had happened, he had started an argument with Richards, who was not known to shy away from a punch-up himself.

The two got into a vicious spat. Idol, who began his career in punk band
Generation X before going solo, now feels awful about what happened as he was a huge fan of the Stones and they had been kind enough to invite him to their recording session.


He later became so racked with guilt he vowed to stay at home if he was going to abuse drugs.

During his time in Hollywood, Idol also had ambitions to become an actor.

He reveals that director Oliver Stone cast him in The Doors, alongside Val Kilmer.

But the rocker’s role was scaled down dramatically after his motorbike accident in 1990. He had jumped a traffic light and nearly lost a leg in the resulting crash.

The Doors movie was not the only major film part he lost due to the accident.

Director James Cameron wanted to cast him as the robot assassin T1000 in the second Terminator movie, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But the role demanded that the terminator run fast and such was Idol’s injury that he wasn’t able to move without a limp.

The role eventually went to Robert Patrick, a relative-unknown at the time.

Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol is published by Simon and Schuster at



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