In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America”, Ozzy Osbourne, his children and his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, are shedding light on the private health battle he experienced after a fall and Parkinson’s diagnosis last February.
Ozzy said: “It’s been terribly challenging for us all. I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”
His wife Sharon added: “It’s PRKN 2. There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”
While it was difficult for the rock star to address what he’s gone through in the past year, Ozzy said that his fans have been a source of support.
“They’re my air, you know,” Ozzy noted. “I feel better. I’ve owned up to the fact that I have — a case of Parkinson’s. And I just hope they hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.”
He also added that he is taking medication for Parkinson’s and nerve pain.
“I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery; my legs keep going cold. I don’t know if that’s the Parkinson’s or what, you know, but that’s — see, that’s the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.”
“I’m no good with secrets,” Ozzy added. “I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”
Ozzy Osbourne will release his new solo album, Ordinary Man, on February 21.
Marking his first new solo music in almost 10 years, the album has been preceded by the release of two singles, the No. 1 rock track “Under The Graveyard”, which was followed by “Straight To Hell” featuring GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash. The album’s title track will be available instantly with any pre-order of the album.
Ozzy comments on the album: “It was a lot of fun to do though it’s a lot different from my other albums. We recorded it quickly, which I haven’t done since the first BLACK SABBATH album. This made it a different process, which I actually enjoyed.”
He also explains on the guest stars: “It all just came together. Slash is a dear friend of mine, as is Elton. When I was writing ‘Ordinary Man’, it reminded me of an old Elton song and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked, and lo and behold, he agreed and sings and play piano on the song.”