Sharon Osbourne Didn't Know About Ozzy's Pill Habit

By McCarton Ackerman 04/24/13

The rocker's wife says she "didn't realize to what extent" he had fallen off the wagon.

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Sharon Osbourne says she was in the dark about the extent of husband Ozzy Osbourne's recent relapse, including his abuse of prescription pills. The Black Sabbath frontman admitted in a Facebook post last week that he had been drinking and doing drugs for the past 18 months, but had been sober for 44 days (53 days as of April 24). In yesterday's episode of her TV show The Talk, Ozzy's wife of 31 years said that while she was aware he had been "drinking occasionally," she “didn’t realize to what extent” and was unaware he had been using prescription drugs. “Everybody knows he’s been struggling with this his entire’s our business—we’re dealing with it. We’re not getting divorced,” she said, “However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes, I am—I’m devastated right now.” The pair are currently living in separate homes, and Sharon has stated that she won't move back in with him until he has been sober for several months. “It’s a disease that not only hurts the person that has the disease, but it hurts the family,” she said. “It hurts people that love you and we’re dealing with it.” However, she says she has faith in her husband's recovery, and believes their marriage is salvagable. “We’ve dealt with worse...and this too shall pass,” she said. “Otherwise my husband will be taken to the hospital to get my foot removed from his ass.”

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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.