Billy Idol's an American citizen. The popular British rock star held the American flag and took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance this week in Los Angeles. Talk about your Rebel Yell.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services tweeted a bevvy of images of Idol, who's 62.
“It’s a nice day for a naturalization ceremony,” the USCIS wrote in a punny tweet. “Congratulations on Billy Idol on becoming a #newUScitizen today in Los Angeles, CA.”
Idol was born in the United Kingdom as William Michael Albert. He moved to New York in 1981 to launch his solo career after co-founding the punk rock group Generation X in the U.K..
Idol is known for hits like “Rebel Yell,” ″Dancing with Myself” and the remake of “Mony Mony.”
Some requirements of becoming a naturalized citizen, according to USCIS website, include
- Be a permanent resident (have a 'Green Card') for at least 5 years
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English
- Be a person of good moral character
- Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution