Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne has reflected on one of the most controversial and shocking events of his chequered past, his attempt to kill wife Sharon in the 1980s.
The 71-year-old ‘Prince of Darkness’ and former Britain’s Got Talent judge Sharon opened up about the distressing incident, which took place at their home in 1989, in new documentary Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, reports US magazine People.
“We’d had a couple of fights and you can tell it was building to something, you could just feel it,” Sharon reportedly told the program. “I just knew it was coming.”
Sharon went on to say that Ozzy was very calm leading up to the attack, which “frightened the s**t” out of her. She said: “I had no idea who sat across from me on the sofa but it wasn’t my husband … He just says, ‘We’ve come to a decision that you’ve got to die’.”
Ozzy then attempted to choke his wife, however Sharon was able to reach a panic button on their coffee table which alerted police. The ‘Changes’ singer was then arrested and taken into custody. However Sharon later made the decision to drop the charges.
Speaking in the new documentary, the ‘Paranoid’ rocker shockingly admitted he felt the “calmest he’s ever felt in his life” during the violent incident. “It was like serenity. Everything was just peaceful,” he added, reports People.
“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 the attempted murder of Sharon Osbourne,'” Ozzy continued. “It’s not exactly one of my greatest f—ing achievements.”
Sharon, now 67, began dating Ozzy when she took over the management of his solo career after he was sacked from Black Sabbath in 1979. They got married in 1982 and share children Aimee, Kelly and Jack together. Reflecting on the incident, she described her husband as being like “night and day” when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Earlier this year, Ozzy revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The father-of-five announced the devastating news on US television show Good Morning America in January, revealing he found out about the neurodegenerative disorder after a fall last February.
“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” he said. “I did my last show [on] New Year’s Eve (2018) at The Forum. “Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves and I found out that I have a mild form.”
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