Ozzy Osbourne, his wife and manager Sharon, and their son Jack recently spoke to Variety where Ozzy opened up about his decades-long battle with drug and alcohol and how one moment help him to get sober.
“It’s a very selfish disease,” Ozzy said. “My kids needed me. … I had a row with Jack. I had to talk business. And I said, ‘What have you ever f*cking wanted? I’ll give you whatever you want.’ He says, ‘What about a father?’ That kicked me in the balls so hard. It knocked me sideways. I went, “Oh, my God.” I’d give whatever materialistic things they ever wanted. But the most important person wasn’t there.
“Recovery is selfish,” he continued. “But you know if you don’t recover, you know exactly what it’s going to do there. Kelly [Ozzy‘s daughter] said to me one day [after she got sober], ‘Nothing’s changed. I’ve gone so many years sober. What’s the problem? I might as well drink.’ I said, ‘Let me tell you something, Kelly. When I drank after some period of time, it’s the worst feeling you will ever, ever have in your life. And you know what you do? You drink more to get rid of that guilt. It’s just that and it’s over.”
After interviewer asked Sharon what it’s like to have sober Ozzy, she responded: “Very calm in the house. It’s very pleasant in the house. It’s great for our whole family. It really is.”
During another episode of “Ozzy Speaks” on SiriusXM‘s Ozzy’s Boneyard, Ozzy Osbourne spoke about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Ozzy, who turned 72 in December, confirmed that he is planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as he is able to.
“I look at it like this: if I don’t get the shot and I get the virus, there’s a good chance I ain’t going to be here,” he said (hear audio below).
During an interview with GQ Magazine this Last November, Ozzy revealed that he suffers from a respiratory disease which puts him at an increased risk of severe pneumonia and poor outcomes if he was to develop COVID-19.
I’ve got emphysema, so if I get this virus, I’m f*cked.” Ozzy says.
When asked how his health is at the moment, ‘Prince of Darkness‘ responded: “The surgery I had knocked the crap out of me. But I broke my neck in a quad bike accident [in 2003] and when that healed it squeezed my spinal column, so I was getting all kinds of weird things happening to me.
“I’d be on stage and I’d suddenly get a sharp shock down one side of my body. Then one night 18 months ago I went to the bathroom in the dark and just hit the ground. I said [to my wife], ‘Sharon, I’m on the floor,’ and she said, ‘Well, get up then!’ But I couldn’t. Once you’re 70, the floodgates open and everything goes downhill. Mind you, I’ve got away with it for a long time.”
“If I go out, I wear a mask, but I don’t like wearing a mask, so I don’t go out much,” Ozzy continued. “The producer on my album [Andrew Watt] got the virus. I’d phone him up every day and he said he couldn’t sleep, because as soon as he went to sleep, he’d stop breathing. He’s not the same person now… It’s like anyone who’s had a near-death experience: he’s become a bit careful with life. But my two granddaughters caught it and you wouldn’t think they had anything wrong with them. It just bounced off them.”