Ozzy Osbourne Admits That He Is Not Actually A Sex Addict

By Seth Ferranti 02/01/17

“There have always been groupies. I just got caught, didn’t I?"

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne is many things—rock star, husband, reality star, pop culture icon, enigmatic personality, father, Englishman—but sex addict? It was a card he played last year after being caught cheating on his wife, Sharon, with Michelle Pugh, a celebrity hairdresser. But now the 67-year-old Black Sabbath frontman has reversed course, and said that he’s not a sex addict and never was. His excuse for cheating? “I’m in a fucking rock band, aren’t I?” Ozzy told The Times of London.

As his PR team scrambled to get the news of Ozzy’s “sex addiction” out for public consumption, the long-time drug and alcohol user decided to give himself the rock star pass and embrace the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll credo of his youth. 

“There have always been groupies,” Ozzy told The Times. “I just got caught, didn’t I? It was a bump in the road. I bet your marriage has bumps in the road too an’ all. In any marriage you grow apart if you don’t spend enough time together, and that was part of the problem. I don’t think I’m a fucking sex addict.”

Ozzy and Sharon have had their fallouts before, most famously in 2013 when Ozzy relapsed on drugs and alcohol. She said at the time, “Everybody knows he’s been struggling with this his entire life and I never knew that he was using prescription drugs. I knew he was drinking occasionally, but I didn’t realize to the extent.” 

But the couple, who've been married 35 years and have three children, are still going strong. Seemingly, Sharon can’t resist her man and always goes back to him, as she just did last fall after news of his affair died down. 

But when cheaters say that they’re sex addicts, when they’re not, it adds to the stigma of the disease. The repercussions for actual sex addicts are two-fold—because not only must they overcome a serious issue, they have to fight people’s belief that the disease is not real. With experts questioning the validity of "sex addiction," Ozzy’s actions only serve to reinforce the stigma.

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