Ozzy Osbourne has opened up about his recent drug and alcohol relapse, which led to him temporarily separating from his wife Sharon Osbourne.
In April, the Black Sabbath frontman revealed that he had relapsed and had been taking drugs and drinking for the past 18 months. The singer posted a frank statement on his Facebook page which said that he had stopped his “insane behaviour” and that he was 44 days sober.
Giving his only solo interview this year, Osbourne appears on the cover of the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally. In it, the Black Sabbath frontman reveals how he is still sober, and how he feared he was going to lose his family at one point.
When his wife Sharon found out about the drugs, he says, “She was very pissed off. 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 fucking door. I’m fucking 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 fuck out. Sort yourself out, then we’ll talk.’ I don’t blame her in the slightest.”
When asked what triggered the relapse, Osbourne replied: “It’s like water drips from a tap and you go ‘Fuck it’. For no reason at all, you’ll suddenly think, ‘I fancy a drink’, and your head will say, ‘Let yourself have one’. Next thing you know you’re scraping yourself off the garage floor three days later. It’s like having a haunted fucking head. 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.”
Earlier this week, Osbourne’s Black Sabbath bandmates said they had no idea that the singer had relapsed. Guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler revealed that they were shocked to learn from Sharon that Ozzy was back drinking and taking drugs, especially since the singer was at Iommi’s house during his period of heavy abuse to record the band’s comeback album, ’13’, which was released in June.