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Ozzy Osbourne: ‘I Was a Bad Father and an Abusive Husband’

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Over the weekend, a must-read interview with Black Sabbath legend Ozzy Osbourne was posted by the Daily Mail. The detailed probe into Ozzy’s past and present covers many bases and even brings thoughtful revelations into who the vocalist was in the darkest days of his past. One such revelation finds Ozzy admitting that he was a “bad father” and “an abusive husband.”

Black Sabbath absolutely owned 2013. On top of a massive world tour, the iconic metal act released ’13,’ which for the first time gave Sabbath a No. 1 album in the United States. However, 2013 also saw Ozzy Osbourne admit a serious drug and alcohol relapse.

“The way I treated both my wives — I was a bad father, an abusive husband and I had an ego the size of India,” admits Ozzy. “I spent decades of my life being an absolute idiot. I’ve got so many regrets I can’t even remember half of them. But wives and kids are right at the top. It’s pointless even saying sorry. I couldn’t say it enough times. All I can do is stay sober … I looked in the mirror one day and thought: ‘No more.’ And now I’m trying. Every day.”

Ozzy also responded to a past theory where some thought Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis set Ozzy into his most recent tailspin. “Not true,” Ozzy declares. “There was no reason except that I’m an alcoholic and one day you just look outside, it’s a sunny day and you know nothing is going to come between you and a beer, and then you go right down the mad slide and you’re crawling around on the floor wishing you didn’t have to watch another sunrise. But if you take cocaine you can drink forever. Cocaine and booze are the eggs and bacon of the addict’s world, the perfect combination. And you just can’t stop.”

The Black Sabbath singer even spoke about the infamous celeb-reality series ‘The Osbournes.’ “At the time I didn’t think anything because I was off my head as well. During the MTV filming I was drinking nonstop. I was in my mad world and Sharon had to be the mum and the dad and deal with all of that. I remember having a go at Jack saying: ‘Why? Why do it? You’ve never had to work, you’ve never had to worry, you’ve never had to want for anything.’ And he said to me: ‘Try wanting a father.’ That’s why I know I have to stay sober. And Jack’s got 11 years’ sobriety, Kelly’s doing well. I’ve got good kids.”

Check out the full interview with Ozzy Osbourne at the Daily Mail.

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