Legendary rock star Billy Idol was born in the U.K., but this week he officially became a U.S. citizen.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed Idol’s citizenship on its verified Twitter account.
“It’s a nice day for a naturalization ceremony,” the agency tweeted in reference to the singer’s hit song, “White Wedding.”
— USCIS (@USCIS) November 15, 2018
The agency also tweeted photos of the singer holding up an American flag in his left hand as he raised his right hand during his naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles.
Idol, 62, who was born with the name William Michael Albert Broad in England in 1955, moved to the US in 1981 to launch a solo career in New York.
By that time, he had already co-founded the punk rock group Generation X in the U.K.
After blasting out of the late ‘70s punk explosion as the singer of Generation X, Idol went on to a wildly successful solo career.
With such timeless hits as “Rebel Yell,” “Dancing with Myself” and “Eyes Without a Face” to his credit, Idol and his longtime guitar-playing partner Steve Stevens continue to preach the rock gospel around the world.
Idol recently revived Generation X with original member Tony James with ex-Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols as Generation Sex.