Veteran rocker Billy Idol is glad he was able to reconnect with his father prior to his death over the summer (14).

The White Wedding hitmaker's dad, Bill Broad, passed away in August (14) at the age of 90 following a battle with cancer, and Idol reveals he spent a lot more time with him over the last few years and they became "very close".

Idol admits he was devastated when his father passed away, but he is grateful for the time they spent together and even documented their relationship in his new book Dancing With Myself.

He tells BBC Breakfast, "It was great the last few years of his life... we got very close and there were some lovely moments we had as he was starting to fade from the cancer he had. I didn't realise he would give me the ending to my book."