By: Gary Graff
Ozzy Osbourne has countered widespread rumors about marital strife with a surprising revelation that he's relapsed into his old substance abuse habits.
Rock 'n' roll's Prince of Darkness posted a message on Facebook late Monday (April 15) telling fans that:
"For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an a-hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober. Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I'm just trying to be a better person. 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. God Bless, Ozzy."
Osbourne's message came shortly after Black Sabbath announced the first four dates of its North American tour to support its upcoming album "13" -- starting August 4 in Holmdel, N.J., and including stops in Toronto, Seattle and Los Angeles. More shows will be announced soon.
Various reports from both tabloids and legitimate media claimed the Osbournes had separated, though most of the blame was placed on financial strife, with more than $1 million owed in back taxes according to The Mirror in Britain.
Addictions are nothing new for Osbourne, of course, and have been well-chronicled. During his most recent period of sobriety he told us that he understands the risks of relapsing:
"You know what? We all take life for granted, y'know...Nobody wants to talk about the fact any of us could go to bed one night and never wake up. We take life for granted. I was under the influence of one chemical or another for so long that the joy of just coming around, waking up without a hangover, is great."
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