Lydon says the squirrels in question live around his Venice Beach home. At some point he began feeding them, and they thanked him recently by sharing their parasite problem with the punk rock icon.
"The bites, wow, last night was murder because of it. The itching too. It's such a poxy thing to get caught out on," Lydon added.
"The only way around it, because I'm not going to blame the poor little squirrels, is to Vaseline my legs."
The frontman clarified that he doesn't pet his rodent familiars, but they do occasionally nudge him to elicit a peanut.
In his latest book, I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right, Lydon explains that he's "determined to keep my squirrel friends independent, y'know. There's no petting. If they want to nudge up that's fine, but I know it's for a peanut and not because I'm lovely."
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