Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Relapse on Facebook

By McCarton Ackerman 04/16/13

Following divorce rumors, the rocker issues an apology and says he's getting clean again.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
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Rocker Ozzy Osbourne posted on Facebook yesterday to acknowledge that he relapsed and is now a month and a half clean. The revelation came after rumors surfaced that he and wife Sharon Osbourne were splitting after 31 years of marriage, and that she had moved out. The pair were reportedly fighting over money after being slammed with a $1.5 million bill and Sharon, who has served as Ozzy's manager for decades, admitted that she lost control of the family finances. In a Facebook post, the former Black Sabbath frontman admitted he had been using again and apologized for his behavior, and how it had impacted his loved ones. "For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family," he wrote," 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 band mates for my insane behavior during this period... and my fans." Ozzy was a notorious drug user throughout the '70s and '80s and underwent numerous stints in rehab, but had been sober for the last several years. This past December, Ozzy acknowledged his issues with addiction and said he was getting help. "I have accepted I have a problem with drugs and alcohol. That's a big stepping stone," he said, "I'm very lucky that I'm still alive and I'm also very lucky I can still put two words together."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.