"When I see my wife going to work, my kids going to work - that gets me down because I can't contribute to my family," said the Prince of Darkness.
During the 60s and 70s rock scene, Ozzy Osbourne's band, Black Sabbath was one of the most sought after names in the music industry, mainly due to the kind of music they introduced. On Tuesday, the 71-year-old rockstar revealed on Good Morning America that he has been diagnosed with a mild form of Parkinson's after a fall he suffered in February 2019.
His wife Sharon said, "It's not a death sentence but it affects certain nerves in your body. You have a good day, a good day, then a really bad day." To this, Ozzy quipped in, saying it was hard for him to figure out if he was experiencing the terrible pain because of the fall or because of Parkinson's. The singer added, "It's been terribly challenging for us all. I did my last show [on] New Year's Eve (2018). Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves."
Sharon added Ozzy has Parkin 2, which a form of Parkinson's disease. She said, "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."
Since there have been a lot of false reports circulating under his name since he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, Ozzy cleared the air saying, "I'm no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore 'cause it's like I'm running out of excuses, you know?"
The couple also added that they have exhausted all the medical options in the US and will travel to Switzerland in April to seek medical advice from a professor who specializes in the condition. Back in 2005, Ozzy was diagnosed with Parkinson Syndrome which is similar to Parkinson's disease. The couple said, "We're going to go wherever we can go to find answers. We're lucky we can afford to do that."
The rockstar said that he missed spending time and contributing anything to the family. The Black Sabbath singer said, "Coming from a working-class background, I hate to let people down. I hate to not do my job. When I see my wife going to work, my kids going to work - that gets me down because I can't contribute to my family. I'm a lot better now than I was last February. I was in a shocking state."
Ozzy is now determined to make himself healthy and will start touring again. Sharon said, "This is the longest he's ever been home. He really needs to get back out now." Ozzy agreed, "I just can't wait to get well and get on the road again that's what's killing me. I need it you know- that's my drug. I ain't going anywhere yet." Sharon and Ozzy's kids, Kelly, 35 and Jack 34 also appeared in the interview with Good Morning America. Kelly said that the disease was confusing because her father would appear healthy and able some days and totally unable to move the other days.
Kelly said, "Jack saw it first and then I saw it. The hardest thing is watching someone you love suffer. It's become a bit of a role reversal for us. We have to all admit whats happening here so we can get over this. It took a while for everyone to be on the same page." Ozzy concluded the interview, thanking his fans and saying he is grateful to them. He said, "They're my air, you know. I feel better. I've owned up to the fact that I have... a case of Parkinson's. And I just hope they hang on and they're there for me because I need them."