During the making of BLACK SABBATH‘s new album, “13″, singer Ozzy Osbourne relapsed back into the addictions that have haunted him throughout his career — he had previously been seven years sober — and as a result, his marriage was on the rocks.
“It wasn’t BLACK SABBATH,” Ozzy tells Revolver magazine in the December 2013 / January 2014 issue, dispelling any suggestion that the band’s reunion or the recording of “13″ contributed to his relapse. ‘I’m an alcoholic.
“It’s my disease,” he continued. “If I don’t go to these AA meetings, I tell myself, You can have a line of that. You can smoke that or whatever. Next thing you know, I’m fucking on my own somewhere in L.A. I don’t know why. I’m my own worst enemy. The idea of having one drink or one joint or one line of coke or whatever, my whole fucking life caves in. It’s a bad thing. I haven’t drunk now for maybe nine months.”
The singer tells Revolver that the reconciliation with his wife, Sharon, happened “very difficultly.” After a sheepish laugh, he says, “She knows what it’s all about. When you’re stuck in a fucking hotel room in the middle of nowhere with time on your hands … you spend the rest of the time in your head in your own fucking room left to your own devices. It’s fucking bad.”
Ozzy admitted that he relapsed into drug and alcohol abuse in a statement posted by the BLACK SABBATH singer on April 15 on his Facebook page. He wrote: “For the last year and a half, I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an aasshole 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 apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my bandmates for my insane behavior during this period… and my fans. God bless, Ozzy.”
Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the many years he spent drunk and high took a toll on his relationship with his kids — especially his son Jack. “The one downside about being the crazy guy of rock ‘n’ roll was the fact that I missed out on my children somewhat and they missed out on me,” he said. “I had an argument with my son one time, and I go to him, ‘Jack, what are you moaning at me for? You never wanted for a damn thing.’ And he goes, ‘Oh yeah? What about a father?’ And it just kicked me straight between the legs and I was like, ‘Good God.’”