Ozzy Osbourne knows he has done some “pretty outrageous things” over the years. But the 71-year-old rocker has revealed there is one thing he regrets more than anything else - cheating on his wife Sharon Osbourne.
In a revealing new interview with British GQ, the Black Sabbath frontman opened up about his 2016 affair with hair colourist Michelle Pugh, that resulted in the married couple’s brief split.
"I regret cheating on my wife. I don't do it anymore," Ozzy told the magazine this week for its Men of the Year issue.
"I got my reality check and I'm lucky she didn’t leave me. I'm not proud of that. I was pissed off with myself. But I broke her heart."
Back in 2017, Ozzy discussed his infidelity with Rolling Stone, chalking up his behaviour to the lifestyle that accompanies music stardom.
"It’s a rock 'n' roll thing — you rock and you roll. You take the good with the bad,” he said at the time. “When I was a crazy f—, I’m lucky she didn’t walk out."
Sharon, 68, has also reflected on the ups and down of the couple’s nearly 40-year romance, which has resulted in three children together: Aimee, 37, Kelly, 36, and Jack, 35.
In September, she said that she and Ozzy are “soulmates.”
"The thought of not being with him is just unthinkable," she she told Entertainment Tonight.
"As the years go on you just get closer. When a romance first starts it's lust, and it's love, and it's everything — sh— and giggles. It's a different love. As you get older and things change in your lives, it just becomes a different love."
Though Sharon did reveal earlier this year she was initially left 'broken in every sense' after Ozzy's affair.
Discussing the emotional aftermath she suffered to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, Sharon, 67, said: “I was just really broken in every sense.”
To which Ozzy added: “She cut every sleeve off every coat I own.”
Ozzy has also faced health struggles — last year, he underwent spinal surgery, which left him in significant pain. And in January, he was diagnosed with Parkin 2, a rare form of Parkinson’s disease.
"Once you’re 70, the floodgates open and everything goes downhill,” he told the outlet. “Mind you, I’ve got away with it for a long time," he shared.
The star has also had a known history with substance abuse, his wife opening up a few months ago about the shocking moment her husband tried to kill her while high on drugs.
In The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon explains how the Black Sabbath frontman was “very calm” when he told her he had “decided” she must die, The Sun reports.
The 67-year-old recalled how Ozzy approached her after she had put children Aimee, Kelly, and Jack to bed and calmly explained what he was about to do.
“I had no idea who was sat across from me on the sofa but it wasn’t my husband,” she reportedly says.
“And he just said, ‘We’ve come to a decision that you’ve got to die.’ He was calm – very calm – then suddenly he lunged across at me and just dived on me and started to choke me.”
The coronavirus pandemic has also been extremely challenging for Osbourne, who claims he’s “been going f— nuts in my house all this time.” Still, the time has been useful when it comes to self-reflection.
“I’m like a caged animal! But I’ve done a lot of reflecting during this lockdown,” he told GQ. “I’ve been thinking of my childhood, thinking about what a fantastic life I’ve had.”
Additional reporting by Megan Johnson.
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