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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Musician
  • Birthday:  November 30, 1955
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Billy was asked to leave the Boy Scouts in Goring after getting caught kissing a girl

Born in Middlesex England as William Michael Albert Broad, Billy Idol enjoyed a fairly normal childhood. His family regularly attended church, and he was a very bright student. Distractions proved too great, however, and he failed his entrance exams when he initially applied to a university. Eventually he passed, and studied philosophy.

After moving to the United States and taking up residence in Los Angeles, he worked with a new band and appeared in an all staged version of The Who’s Tommy. After the performance finished, “Billy Idol” was born from a newly-launched singing career, and in 1993, Cyberpunk made its debut. Soon after, he traded platinum spikes for dreadlocks.

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