Ozzy Osbourne Reveals His 'Worst Addiction'

By Keri Blakinger 06/19/17

"You don't know your own mind. I don't like that side of myself; I hate that guy. I'm fed up of being an addict."

Ozzy Osbourne

Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne opened up about his XXX-rated woes a year after going public about his long-term struggles with sex addiction. 

The Brit rocker dubbed the sex struggle his “worst addiction” in a Hello! interview previewed in Blabbermouth.

“When I was drinking or doing drugs, I was affecting myself physically, but with the sex addiction, it affects everybody,” he said. “It made me realize what a complete idiot I was.”

Ozzy made headlines last year after he publicly apologized to the women he had affairs with and revealed his decision to enter “intense therapy” for his problem after an amour with his longtime hair colorist nearly ended his marriage.

"My first wife divorced me because of my playing around. It's by far the worst addiction that I have,” he said. "I sat down and I thought, 'What the hell have I done?' I can't imagine life without Sharon. She's my soulmate. I love her. I can honestly say that I've never loved any other woman besides Sharon. I've got a crazy-assed way of showing it, but she's the love of my life."

And to salvage that relationship, the “Crazy Train” singer said he’d stay committed to continuing therapy. "If you stop going, the little monster in your head opens one eye and it's scary," he said. 

"You don't know your own mind. I don't like that side of myself; I hate that guy. I'm fed up of being an addict—and it's not just sex; it can be drugs, alcohol, collecting stamps, anything. There's no in between with me and it's really hard work. And the business that I'm in… it's like sitting in a cake shop when you're on a diet. I even do the sex therapy sessions on Skype now when I'm on the road."

The new pronouncement stands in stark contrast to reports earlier this year that he’d thrown off the mantle of sex addict. 

“I’m in a fucking rock band, aren’t I? There have always been groupies,” he said in January. “I just got caught, didn’t I? It was a bump in the road,” he continued. “I don’t think I’m a fucking sex addict.”

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.