Ozzy’s fear of losing money brought us back from brink
Ozzy Osbourne’s fear of losing money was the main factor in avoiding divorce last year after the Black Sabbath singer fell off the wagon, says wife Sharon.
He apologised to fans in April when he admitted he’d spent 18 months drinking and taking drugs again.
Sharon said she’d been “devastated” by the news. The couple split around the time of their 30th wedding anniversary in July 2012 – but speaking this year she denied they were planning to divorce.
Now in an excerpt from her upcoming autobiography, entitled Unbreakable, she says the only thing that kept the couple from a permanent breakup was that Ozzy didn’t like the idea of splitting their fortune.
She writes: “I would never have imagined our anniversary would be the beginning of one of the worst periods in our turbulent marriage.
“I’d like to tell you he got me a vast bouquet of flowers and took me for a candlelit supper… But I’m married to Ozzy Osbourne, whose capacity for fucking up is legendary.
“Something snapped. I thought ‘I can’t carry this shit any more. It’s what I have always done – and I’m tired.
“I said ‘I want a divorce.’ I was expecting him to be mortified, but his reply was something like a sneer. I said, ‘I am serious. I want half of everything; that is my right. I also want £100,000 a month.’
“I knew money was Ozzy’s Achilles heel, and the thought of losing it might have more impact than the thought of losing me. ‘No fucking way. Over my dead body,’ he said.”
The couple later settled their differences. In May the singer celebrated 80 days clean and Sharon reported: “He’s gone from hating himself, from a place of despair, to being a responsible husband and father again. It’s amazing to see – I’m very proud of him.”
Her book is published next month. Sabbath tour the UK in December:
Dec 10: London 02 Arena
Dec 12: Belfast Odyssey Arena
Dec 14: Sheffield Arena
Dec 16: Glasgow Hydro
Dec 18: Manchester Arena
Dec 20: Birmingham LG Arena
Dec 22: Birmingham LG Arena