Ozzy Osbourne opened up about his Parkinson’s diagnosis earlier this year, and now he’s getting very candid about the extreme pain he’s in from his mounting medical issues. He spoke with The Sun after cancelling his entire 2020 tour, and the rock legend seems very frustrated.
“I’m in unbelievable pain 24/7,” Osbourne told the outlet. “I remember it like it was yesterday. I was lying there as clearly and as calmly as anything, thinking, ‘Well Ozzy, you’ve f— done it now.’ I have to take all these painkillers but I’m dying for all the opiate stuff I can’t have.
“I have to be helped to change, to have a bath,” Osbourne continued. “It’s just fucking awkward, you know?”
Much of his current health issues stem from a fall he took last year which aggravated a neck injury he’d suffered in 2003.
“If I had a choice between the Parkinson’s and the fucking neck, I’d go for the Parkinson’s. I’ve been laid up for a year now,” Osbourne said. “First I had an infection in my hand — that pulled me off the road — then I got pneumonia, then I had the fall, then I had surgery and here I am today. It’s driving me nuts.”
“I had to pull out because I might only be able to do a couple of shows. I’ll go out there when I’m ready and I’m not ready yet,” Osbourne said about the decision to cancel the tour. “The recovery has been so goddam slow. I’ve never been this laid up in my life and, believe me, I’ve done some stupid things. I’ve recovered from alcoholism, drug addiction, all of the above. Then I tripped over, and that’s it.”
He added that his wife Sharon has been a huge help during this difficult time.
“Poor old Sharon’s been a mum, a dad, everything. She works non-stop,” he said. “But our relationship is better than ever. I’m so much in love with her and she’s so much in love with me. She’s been fantastic and she’s looking really good.”
“The album got me out of bed. Some days I’d do an hour or two, other days four or five,” Osbourne said, talking about his new record that was released Friday. “It was the best medicine I could have because it stopped me thinking about how I might end up a cripple.”
Earlier in the week he talked to the L.A. Times about cheating death.
“I’ve cheated death so many times. If tomorrow you read, ‘Ozzy Osbourne never woke up this morning,’ you wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, my God!’ You’d go, ‘Well, it finally caught up with him,'” he said.