Ozzy Osbourne admits he has been drinking and taking drugs for past 18 months

Iconic frontman reveals he is is now sober again and says he was "an asshole"

Ozzy Osbourne admits he has been drinking and taking drugs for past 18 months

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Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he recently relapsed and has been taking drugs and drinking for the past 18 months.

The Black Sabbath singer posted a frank statement on his Facebook page which confirmed that he has recently stopped his "insane behaviour" and that he is 44 days sober. Ozzy also stated that he is not separating from his wife, Sharon, as had been reported earlier in the week.

The Facebook post reads: "For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole 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 apologise to Sharon, my family, my friends and my bandmates for my insane behavior during this period and my fans."

Meanwhile, Black Sabbath release their new studio album '13' in June. '13' is the first album Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have recorded together since 1978's 'Never Say Die!'. The Birmingham rock legends made the album primarily in Los Angeles with renowned producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Metallica, System Of A Down) and features Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk, who replaces original sticksman Bill Ward on drums.

Black Sabbath will tour the UK in December. The veteran rockers will play:

London O2 Arena (December 10)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (12)
Sheffield Arena (14)
Glasgow Hydro (16)
Manchester Arena (18)
Birmingham LG Arena (20)

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