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Sharon Osbourne Opens Up On Mental Health Struggles

By McCarton Ackerman 09/23/16

"I didn’t even have the strength to say I need help, help me because I couldn’t talk. I was just flat, gone.”

Sharon Osbourne Opens Up On Mental Health Struggles

Sharon Osbourne addressed her leave of absence from The Talk last spring on a recent episode of the show, explaining that she was grappling with serious mental health issues.

The 63-year-old sat out from the talk show for five weeks in May 2015. Her rep said at the time that she had “collapsed from mental and physical fatigue” after a grueling work schedule and not taking adequate rest after coming down with pneumonia. But Osbourne revealed that her family put her in treatment and helped her find proper care.

“It was actually Ozzy that got me to the hospital,” said Osbourne “These thoughts [were] coming into my head and pictures and people’s faces and I couldn’t control my head, but I couldn’t verbalize it. I just didn't have the strength to even say I need help, help me because I just couldn't talk I was just flat, gone”

Osbourne told Access Hollywood that she was “at a very low point” in her life during that time and “had given up. I just couldn’t deal.”

This past May, the TV personality briefly split from Ozzy, her husband of 33 years, after it was revealed that he had been cheating on her with an LA hairstylist named Michelle Pugh. The split didn’t last long, with Ozzy telling news outlets that they were working to repair the marriage.

He released a statement in August in which he confirmed that “over the last six years, I have been dealing with a sex addiction.” He also said he was receiving “intense therapy” for the issue.

“I’m sorry if Ms. Pugh took our sexual relationship out of context. I’d also like to apologize to the other women I have been having sexual relationships with,” he said in the statement. “I am mortified at what my behavior has done to my family. I thank God that my incredible wife is at my side to support me.”

Sharon said on an episode of The Talk in August that Ozzy has “been going [to] outpatient for sex addiction for the last three months and after the tour … he goes into inpatient for three months.”

She admitted that “it’s hard because it affects the whole family and it’s quite embarrassing,” but said she was “proud he has come out and admitted it, finally."

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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.

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