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Ozzy Osbourne Talks About Recent Relapse

By Shawn Dwyer 12/26/13

In interviews, the aging rocker has talked about his road to recovery and shunning his celebrity image at meetings.

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While no stranger to alcohol and drug addiction throughout his life, Ozzy Osbourne has long been thought of as recovered from his dark days of snorting ants off the road and biting the heads off bats thanks to his marriage to manager Sharon Osbourne. But reports of marital difficulties between the two emerged back in April, leading to speculation that he was once again using drugs and alcohol.

Though son Jack initially called the reports “bullshit,” Osborne eventually confirmed the rumors. "For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs,” he wrote in a Facebook post. "I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober." Now Osbourne has been on the straight and narrow for over six months, and has been opening up recently about his latest relapse. "I thought I was gonna lose my family at one point,” Osbourne said. "[Sharon] just said, 'Look, I've got my own thing going on and I can't deal with you anymore. Get the fuck out, sort yourself out, then we'll talk.' I don't blame her in the slightest."

Sharon confirmed that she threw down the gauntlet with Ozzy by moving out of the house, leading him back toward the path of sobriety. "We are back together and it is all down to him, he is on the 12 steps and he is clean and sober,” she said. “He stopped because he knows what he was going to lose, not just me but everything.”

While in AA, Osbourne has reportedly shunned his celebrity by downplaying his rocker status and refusing to take pictures or sign autographs with fellow recovering addicts.

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