Ozzy Osbourne on Recent Relapse: ‘I Thought I Was Gonna Lose My Family’
Although Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, it was still surprising when then vocalist admitted to a relapse earlier this year. Ozzy’s relapse almost dissolved his marriage with Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife moving out of the family home at one point. In a new interview, Ozzy speaks about the effects of his slip, admitting he thought that he was going to lose his family.
Ozzy revealed his relapse in a surprise Facebook post last April. In the statement, the Black Sabbath legend admitted to drinking and taking drugs for a total of 18 months. “Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I’m just trying to be a better person,” said Ozzy. “I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my band mates for my insane behavior during this period………and my fans.” However, Ozzy and Sharon were at one point on the verge of divorce, but shortly before Black Sabbath released ’13,’ Sharon moved back in with Ozzy, reconciling with her husband.
NME recently caught up with Ozzy for an interview, where the singer went in-depth about nearly losing his family. “She was very pissed off,” Ozzy says about Sharon. “I thought I was gonna lose my family at one point. Because when I go out, you wanna be careful when I come back home, because I’ll come through anywhere in the house bar the front f—ing door. I’m f—ing crazy. If you’re in a relationship, if you keep coming home and your wife’s terrified of you, if she doesn’t know if you’ll come back with five chicks and a crate of booze… I mean, you name it, I’ve done it. So she just said, ‘Look, I’ve got my own thing going on, and I can’t deal with you any more. Get the f— out. Sort yourself out, then we’ll talk.’ I don’t blame her in the slightest.”
Ozzy continues about his relapse, “It’s like water drips from a tap and you go ‘F— it’. For no reason at all, you’ll suddenly think, ‘I fancy a drink’, and your head will say, ‘Let yourself have one’. Next thing you know you’re scraping yourself off the garage floor three days later. It’s like having a haunted f—ing head. You’ve got these voices saying, ‘Don’t worry about it Ozzy. Anyone would have a drink if their album went to Number One in all those countries.’ But you’re doing a deal with the Devil. It’s a disease of the mind and body, and you can’t control it.”
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