Ozzy Osbourne Talks Sobriety With Nikki Sixx

By Kelly Burch 11/02/17

“I can sit here and go, 'A glass of wine would be good,' and the next thing you know, I'm waking up somewhere I didn't intend to be, in a bad state."

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From left: Nikki Sixx, Ozzy Osbourne, Jenn Marino, Zakk Wylde,
From left: Nikki Sixx, Ozzy Osbourne, Jenn Marino, Zakk Wylde, Photo via YouTube

One of the world’s most prolific rockstars has been sober for five years, putting aside the rock n’ roll lifestyle once and for all. 

Ozzy Osbourne appeared on the radio show Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and talked about why his sobriety is important. 

"I know what's going to happen if I start that again—I'm going to wake up covered in piss and puke, on my own somewhere,” he said, according to Blabbermouth. “I can sit here and go, 'A glass of wine would be good,' and the next thing you know, I'm waking up somewhere I didn't intend to be, in a bad state. 'Cause I can't stop. [It's like] a switch—from fun to necessity.”

Osbourne said that he increasingly became out of control when he was high or drunk. 

“I don't know how we did it,” he said. “For a while it was fun, but when you cross that invisible line... one day, I wake up in a fucking jail in England. I'm going, 'Where the fuck am I? What have I done?' I said to the cop, 'Why am I here?' He goes, 'I'll read you a charge — John Michael Osbourne has been arrested for attempting murder.' I went, 'What? Who did I try and kill?' 'Your wife.' I never believed in blackouts. I thought it was just a scare tactic. But I started having them."

The incident happened in 1989, but it took years for Osbourne to get sober. He now has nearly five years of sobriety under his belt, he said on the radio show. 

Zakk Wylde, Osbourne’s former guitarist who also appeared on Sixx Sense, pointed out that Osbourne doesn’t even drink coffee anymore. He recalled sitting with Osbourne when the two realized how much their lives had changed. 

“He has a cup of tea, and he goes, 'Look at me. I don't drink; I don't do drugs; I quit smoking—I never thought I'd do that; I don't even drink coffee anymore.' He goes, 'Zakk, why am I alive?'" Wylde said. 

In the past, Osbourne has expressed some ambivalence about his sobriety. “I reached a really weird place with it,” he said after three years sober. “I am not really happy being sober, but I don’t want to get drunk. Someone told me that at three years sober they felt exactly the same.”

Despite his reluctance, he said he was willing to do the work to maintain his sobriety. “I don’t like going to the meetings, but if I don’t go, I know I will drink again,” he said in 2014.

Watch Osbourne’s whole interview with Nikki Sixx below:

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