It’s official – Ozzy and Sharon are not splitting-up.
The British heavy rock legend and his wife and manager have been at the center of frenzied media speculation that their marriage was on the rocks. It's not all that.
Sharon Osbourne cleared the air during Tuesday's episode of CBS chat show "The Talk," which she co-hosts.
“Everything that was printed in the tabloids has been…distorted,” she says. The rumor was given more fuel when Ozzy revealed on his Facebook page that he’d had an 18-month-long relapse into alcohol and prescription drugs.
That Facebook post, explains Sharon, was the “only thing” that’s bears any accuracy from the recent reports. “He’s been in a very dark place. That’s true, it’s very true,” she says, adding “everybody knows he’s been struggling with this his entire life.”
The former "America's Got Talent" judge told viewers she never knew he was using prescription drugs, but admitted she was aware of his occasional drinking. But she didn’t know the extent of it. “It’s our business. We’re dealing with it. We’re not getting divorced,” she said, triggering loud applause in the studio.
“However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes. I am. I’m devastated right now. It’s a disease that not only hurts the person that has the disease but it hurts the family, it hurt people who love you. We’re dealing with it, we’ve dealt with worse and we will deal with it and this too shall pass.”
There’s a warning for Ozzy to stay on the wagon. “Otherwise,” she says, “my husband will be taken to hospital to get my foot removed from his arse.”
The Osbournes have been busy without having to deflect scuttlebutt on the state of their relationship. Ozzy has completed a rare album with Black Sabbath, the Rick Rubin-produced “13”. The legendary heavy metal pioneers kick off their Australian tour in support of the set on Thursday night in Brisbane, ahead of live dates in Asia and Europe. Ozzy, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi are in the touring party.