In an emotional new interview, Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and his plans for getting back on the road.
The 71-year-old has said he can longer hide his growing health issues and has been struggling with debilitating pain in his nervous system.
The interview took place on ABC’s Good Morning America, there Ozzy sat next to his wife, Sharon, and revealed he had been in “constant” pain, describing the last year as the most “miserable time of his life”.
The Prince of Darkness said his problems began after suffering a fall at home in April 2019 and undergoing surgery. Osbourne said while doctors were not able to be sure whether it was the fall or the surgery which had begun Osbourne’s declining health.
The Black Sabbath rocker said he wanted to speak out about his health problems after false reports continued to circle social media. He admitted that he had felt dishonest by not sharing his problems with his fans. “It has been terribly challenging for us,” Ozzy began. “I had to have surgery on my neck which screwed all my nerves. I found out that I have a mild form of.”
As Ozzy trails off, ever his partner and wife, Sharon added: “It’s Parkin 2 which is a form of Parkinson’s. There are so many different types of Parkinson’s. It’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination but it does affect the nerves in your body. It’s like you’ll have a good day, then a good day and then a really bad day.”
Ozzy then explained: “A year ago I was in a terrible state. I’m on a host of medication, mainly for the surgery. I’ve got numbness down this arm and my legs are going cold. I don’t know if it’s the Parkinson’s or what. That’s the problem.”
Ozzy and Sharon, who have been married 38 years, said they have exhausted medical options in the United States and would travel to Switzerland in April to speak to a specialist on the condition.
“We’re going to go wherever we can go to find answers,” Sharon said defiantly. “We’re lucky we can afford to do that,” added Ozzy.
“I cannot walk around with it anymore. It’s like I’m running out of excuses. I feel better now that I have owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson’s,” he said.
While taking in the gravity of the situation, Sharon also suggested that the singer is raring to get back on stage, the lay-off being the longest time he’s ever gone without working. “That’s what’s killing me. I need it you know – that’s my drug,” lamented Ozzy, but added: “I ain’t going anywhere yet.”