Ozzy Osbourne has “turned a corner” in his long health battle.
The heavy metal legend teams up with his family again for “The Osbournes Podcast,” which is set to bow Tuesday. In the revived series, the Osbournes candidly discuss current events and look back on their lives in Hollywood.
“With Ozzy not touring, (the podcast) gives him a way to continue to be heard by his fans,” his wife Sharon Osbourne told Fox News Digital. “It’s nice to be able to talk about things you want to talk about and not be told you can’t talk about this or that.”
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“It’s nice to have the freedom to talk about things that…are always with you,” the reality star shared. “You’re just being yourself and you don’t have to follow network rules about what you can and can’t talk about.”
In February, the “Prince of Darkness” announced the cancellation of his 2023 tour, citing spinal damage suffered in an accident four years ago. The 74-year-old said he remained physically weak after three surgeries, stem cell treatments, physical therapy and Hybrid Assistive Limb treatment, which uses a robotic exoskeleton to help improve movement and balance .
In August 2022, Osbourne admitted he was struggling to recover from an operation to remove two metal plates that had been screwed into his spine. Sharon previously said the operation would “determine the rest of her life”.
In 2019, Osbourne canceled tour dates due to his ailments, including a “bad fall” in which he injured vertebrae in his neck. According to People magazine, the fall compounded damage to his neck and back from an ATV accident 16 years earlier.
Osbourne has also spoken openly about her struggles with Parkinson’s disease. He was diagnosed in 2003.
“He’s doing really well,” Sharon shared. “I feel that he has turned a corner. And above all, his mood is much better. He is much happier these days. It has been terribly difficult for him, as you can imagine. He has always been very active and on tour. Imagine sitting down and saying, “Here’s my itinerary for the next two and a half years of my life and this is what I’m going to do every day – and then boom, that’s taken away from you.”
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“The feeling is, ‘What now?’” the 70-year-old added.
But things look promising for the patriarch. In April, Osbourne was photographed without his cane alongside one of his caregivers. The heavy metal singer was in good spirits as he enjoyed an unassisted daytime walk around his Los Angeles neighborhood. Osbourne previously said that “my singing voice was fine”, and Sharon agreed.
“He’s still singing, which he loves,” she said.
Some days are better than others.
“He never went four and a half years of his life without working,” Sharon said. “He never took a moment out of his life. He had a hard time adjusting, and I don’t think he ever will. But he’s doing his best.”
“He’s been working since he was 15,” she said. “He always worked.
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“And now to be stuck in a body that doesn’t do what you want it to do is probably the most frustrating thing anyone could face,” Osbourne’s daughter Kelly added. “But he’s doing very well. He’s been giving me orders all morning!”
In July, Osbourne and his longtime wife celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary.
The couple first met when Sharon’s father, Don Arden, managed Black Sabbath, the heavy metal band Osbourne fronted, People magazine reported. When Ozzy was fired from the group due to his substance abuse problems in 1979, he spent three months holed up in a hotel room getting drunk and high, the outlet shared. It was Sharon who helped him get back on his feet. She becomes his new manager and encourages him to launch a solo career. Osbourne’s debut single, “Crazy Train,” in 1980, remains her most performed song to date.
The professional relationship turned into a romantic relationship. Shortly after Osbourne’s 1982 divorce from his first wife Thelma Riley, he and Sharon married in Maui. They share three children: Aimée, 40 years old; Kelly, 38; and Jack, 37 years old.
But the marriage turned out to be a “crazy train” for the couple. According to the outlet, Osbourne was arrested in 1989 after lunging at Sharon and attempting to strangle her while under the influence. He admitted: “I wasn’t exactly Mr. Prince Charming when I was drinking alcohol.” Osbourne has been sober since 2013.
Then, in 2016, the couple briefly split after Sharon learned Osbourne was unfaithful. She forgave him publicly while co-hosting “The Talk” that year.
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For Sharon, the secret behind her decades-long marriage is surprisingly simple: “stick to it.”
“I’m not giving up,” she stressed. “It’s so easy to walk away, isn’t it? It’s so easy. It’s so easy to walk away and take 50 percent of everything and then go on with your life and to remarry. It’s too easy. It’s not for me or for me.” Ozzy.”
“A relationship can be absolutely amazing, but it can’t be amazing all the time,” she continued. “Life isn’t always like this, is it? We can accept the good and the bad, the ups and the downs as long as there’s still love, as long as there’s still respect for each other.”
“You can overcome anything, (but) you don’t forget,” Sharon continued. “You can get over it emotionally. And that’s what we chose to do. It’s the easiest thing in the world to walk away. There are (hundreds) of lawyers you can call, get a Instant divorce and it’s over. But it’s not for us.”
Kelly said her parents “can’t do anything without each other.”
“If one of them goes out for five minutes, it’s, ‘When are you going to come home?’ How far away are you?” she laughed. “Mom can’t even go to the grocery store because my dad will be like, ‘When are you coming home? I don’t want to be here without you.'”
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“We’re addicted to each other,” Sharon admitted.
The couple reflects on their future together. While the family still resides in Los Angeles, the matriarch can’t wait to return home to the UK.
“It’s not like I’ll ever come back here,” Sharon said of life in the United States. “Look, my whole family is here. But we want to spend more time in the UK. And there always comes a time in your life when you want to go back to your roots. We’ve always kept a home there – that’s where my kids grew up. And we just want to go back and spend more time there than here. It would be great for Ozzy too. We live in the country where there’s lots of land and air cool. He can have a lot more privacy there than here. And right now, I think he needs it.
“And I won’t be far behind,” said Kelly, who welcomed a baby boy at the end of 2022. “If my mom and dad spend more time in the U.K., so will I. I want (my son) there go.” UK”
“We are family,” Sharon added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.