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Ozzy Osbourne Opens Up About his Relapse and his Fear he Would Lose his Family


The foundation of the Osbourne household was shaken earlier this year when Sharon Osbourne discovered that her husband of over 30 years had fallen back into some dangerous habits.

Somewhere in the midst of recording the new Black Sabbath album, Ozzy Osbourne had fallen off the wagon and started drinking and using drugs, despite his longtime sobriety.

Recently, Ozzy’s Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler discussed the singer’s relapse, stating that they had no idea their longtime friend was using again, even though they had been spending more time with him than they had in years.

Now, Ozzy Osbourne himself has opened up about the unfortunate situation and it seems the singer is taking full reasonability for what he has previously described as “insane behavior.”

During a new interview with NME, Ozzy gave some insight into what the Osbourne family dynamic was like following his relapse.

“She was very pissed off,” Ozzy remembers of 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*****g door. I'm f*****g 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.”

And that is indeed what Sharon did. After she realized what Ozzy had been up to, the Osbourne matriarch kicked her husband out of the family’s home, telling him to get sober or she would leave him.

Ozzy got his act together and notes in his interview with NME that he is still sober, though it seems he recognizes how slippery the slope of addiction can be.

“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,’” Ozzy describes. “Next thing you know you're scraping yourself off the garage floor three days later."

"It's like having a haunted f*****g head," he continues. "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.”

Currently, Ozzy is on tour with Black Sabbath, and the band is set to wrap up a series of European tour dates this weekend in England. The group then goes on hiatus for the next couple of months and then returns to the road in March for another North American leg of concert dates in support of their album 13, which was released in June.

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