Ozzy Osbourne says inflammatory comments about 9/11 attacks were taken out of context

Black Sabbath singer says: 'I never want to offend or hurt anyone'

Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has clarified comments made about 9/11, after it was reported that he said the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 on New York were “my kind of craziness”.

In an interview with Shortlist, Osbourne revealed he was in New York on the day of the attacks on the World Trade Centre. Told by interviewer Eddy Lawrence “That must have been frightening…”, Osbourne is quoted as replying: “I wasn’t scared, I was excited. It was my kind of craziness, y’know. The day after that happened, there was fucking nobody in New York. I remember standing on the steps of the hotel, and – you know when you see an old cowboy film and tumbleweed rolls past on the ground? There were newspapers just floating around on the streets. It was so fucking weird. Everybody just backed off Manhattan because they didn’t know if it was an all-out thing or what.”

In a new statement, Osbourne said: “Several quotes were pulled from an interview I did for Shortlist that were taken out of context. I apologise to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel. Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone – that was never or would ever be my intention. You would think that at my age I would finally realise that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It’s another life lesson learned.”

Shortlist writer Lawrence backed Osbourne, saying: “As I understood it in the context of the interview, Ozzy was talking about his nervous anticipation of the days that followed 9/11 and the chaos that was unfolding, not about the attacks themselves, and certainly not that he was excited in a happy way. We’d discussed Black Sabbath’s anti-war lyrics earlier in the interview, and I think Ozzy’s comments about ISIS show that he thought the events of 9/11 were horrendous.”

In the same Shortlist interview, Osbourne went on to discuss his fears about ISIS, also known as Islamic State, saying: “I hope this ISIS lot don’t get going. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s in mankind to try to kill each other for one thing or another. I think sooner or later one of these crazy fuckers is going to get a nuclear weapon or something and fuck a lot of people up. That’s in our nature. I hope it won’t happen, but it looks like it could happen if they get it.”