Billy Idol, 66, fighting MRSA super bug: 80s rock icon asks fans to ‘think positive’

Billy Idol, 66, fighting MRSA super bug: 80s rock icon asks fans to ‘think positive’ as he hopes to recover in the next few weeks

  • Billy Idol, 66, has been battling the MRSA super bug for several months
  • He revealed in a series of tweets that he is on two new types of antibiotics and hopes to be recovered in the next two weeks
  • MRSA ‘is caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections,’ according to the Mayo Clinic
  • The 80s rocker has already undergone several procedures to heal from his chronic sinus infection
  • The MRSA forced him to cancel his upcoming tour with Journey

80s rock legend Billy Idol is battling a scary medical condition, the MRSA super bug, which is known to be resistant to antibiotics.

The 66-year-old updated fans on his health in a series of tweets Sunday and Monday, revealing that he hopes his severe sinus infection will be cleared up in the next two weeks.

Last month, the White Wedding singer was forced to bow out of his upcoming tour with Journey due to the chronic infection.

Get well soon: 80s rock legend Billy Idol is battling a scary medical condition, the MRSA super bug, which is known to be resistant to antibiotics

The rocker, whose real name is William Michael Albert Broad, tweeted out a health update on Sunday, asking fans for their positive thoughts.

‘Had further sinus procedure but now need to have the IV treatment as MRSA I have is resistant to oral antibiotics .. lets see if this works .. probably will .. think positive,’ he wrote.

Luckily, it seemed the procedure did work and Billy Idol did not need to have the intravenous treatment. He told followers in a subsequent post the following day that he was able to try other oral medications.

He penned: ‘Medical update correction: I have to take a further 2 types of antibiotics to beat this MRSA sinus infection no intravenous just by mouth… 2 more weeks to go yuk! Still I should b ok after this… ‘

On the mend: The 66-year-old updated fans on his health in a series of tweets Sunday and Monday, revealing that he hopes his severe sinus infection will be cleared up in the next two weeks

On the mend: The 66-year-old updated fans on his health in a series of tweets Sunday and Monday, revealing that he hopes his severe sinus infection will be cleared up in the next two weeks

Billy has been dealing with this illness since December 2021 and began getting sinus procedures in February. Three weeks ago, doctors went in to ‘remove infection & blood clots’ in his sinuses.

‘It turns out I had an MRSA infection resistant to most antibiotics,’ Billy told fans at the time.

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, ‘is caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections, ‘according to the Mayo Clinic.

Billy’s bout with MRSA forced him to back out of a planned tour with the band Journey.

What is it?  MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, 'is caused by a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections,' according to the Mayo Clinic

What is it? MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, ‘is caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections,’ according to the Mayo Clinic

He announced the cancellation of his performances on Twitter in early February saying he was ‘gutted’.

‘I have not felt like myself since mid-December with a sinus infection that will not respond to medication,’ Billy wrote at the time.

‘It has worsened to the point where I have no choice but to have a procedure which I expect will put me on a path to recovery very soon,’ he explained.

‘The last thing I ever want to do is cancel shows and I am absolutely gutted that I will not be able to perform with Journey as planned.

He was replaced on the tour by Toto whom he thanked for stepping in.

'Gutted': Billy's bout with MRSA forced him last month to back out of a planned tour with the band Journey

‘Gutted’: Billy’s bout with MRSA forced him last month to back out of a planned tour with the band Journey

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