Sharon Osbourne on how husband Ozzy 'tried to kill her'

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Sharon Osbourne has opened up about the shocking moment her husband Ozzy Osbourne tried to kill her while high on drugs.

It happened in 1989 when the couple and their three children were living in Buckinghamshire, and will be discussed in a new documentary about the rock star’s life.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne attend the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean "Diddy" Combs on January 25, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne have been married 38 years. Photo: Getty

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.

“He goes to a stage where he gets that look in his eyes, the shutters were down and I just couldn’t get through to him.

“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.”

Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne at home with his family, early 1990's. From left to right, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Amme Osbourne. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and their children at home in the early 1990s. Photo:Getty Images

Sharon explains Ozzy pushed her onto the ground, but she was able to reach a panic button underneath a table.

“I just pressed it and the next thing I know, the cops were there,” she says.

Discussing the incident, Ozzy admitted it wasn’t “exactly one of my greatest achievements”.

“All I remember is waking up in Amersham jail and I asked the cop, ‘Why am I here?’ And he says, ‘You want me to read your charge?’ So he read, ‘John Michael Osbourne, you have been arrested for attempted murder.’”

The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne will feature archival footage of the star’s life, as well as interviews with people from his life, including family, friends and bandmates.

Additional reporting Danny Thompson.

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