Ozzy Osbourne in “intense therapy” for sex addiction

The Black Sabbath frontman has released a statement that explains the reason for his split earlier this year from wife Sharon

Ozzy Osbourne is currently undergoing “intense therapy” for sex addiction, a statement from a representative for Black Sabbath has revealed.

The statement has been released following intense media speculation over Osbourne’s 33-year marriage to Sharon, which came into the spotlight earlier in the year when the pair separated in May. However, Osbourne told ABC’s Good Morning America in July that his marriage was “back on track again.”

A new statement from Osbourne’s rep to People magazine in the US has now shed a light into the reasons behind his marital difficulties, citing a “sex addiction” for the split – rather than the reported affair Osbourne had with his former hair stylist Michelle Pugh.

“[Osbourne] is sorry if Ms. Pugh took their sexual relationship out of context,” the statement says. “He would like to apologise to the other women he has been having sexual relationships with. Out of the bad comes good. Since his relationship with Ms. Pugh was exposed, Ozzy has gone into intense therapy.

“Ozzy is mortified at what his behaviour has done to his family. He thanks God that his incredible wife Sharon is at his side to support him.”

Sharon Osbourne wed the Black Sabbath frontman in 1982, having three children together.

Their family life later became the focus of MTV reality show The Osbournes, which aired between 2002 and 2005.