Upon completing Alcoholics Anonymous meeting meeting in the morning, he will drive back to his West Hollywood home and change into his workout clothes for a 90-minute session at his home gym, listening to Pandora playlists as he pounds the treadmill. And only when this daily routine is completed is he ready to face the world as Ozzy: Prince Of Darkness.
Thirty-five years ago, Ozzy Osbourne’s daily routine in Los Angeles was rather different. In the summer of 1979, after being fired from Black Sabbath, the singer’s only desire was to embrace oblivion. Each morning he would awake to the sound of his coke dealer pounding on the door of the tiny apartment in the Le Parc complex on North West Knoll Drive in which he had been sequestered after being kicked out of Sabbath’s LA mansion. After rubbing the sleep from his eyes and some white powder into his gums, Ozzy would make a call to Gelson’s supermarket on Sunset, and ask for a case of beer and a bottle of spirits to be delivered to his temporary home. And then, with the curtains drawn and the phone off the hook, the singer would set about getting completely, utterly wasted.
“I just thought ‘This is the end now’,” Ozzy recalls. “I thought ‘What the fuck am I going to do now?’ And my one idea was ‘I’ll just get fucked up ‘til I run out of cash and then I’ll go home to England.’ So that’s what I did. I was getting fucked up every fucking day, for three months. I was in total isolation. And I was tired, pissed [off] and tired.”
According to a 2020 article:
Ozzy Osbourne is “getting stronger every day” after experiencing a period of poor health and has commenced work on new material, according to his wife Sharon Osbourne.
After suffering a fall at home in February 2019, Ozzy revealed in January he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 2003. At the time of the announcement, Sharon Osbourne stressed that the diagnosis is “not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination”.
Through the peak of his health issues, Ozzy released his album ‘Ordinary Man’ in February, produced with Andrew Watt and featuring a band made up of Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, as well as guest appearances from Elton John, Slash, and Tom Morello.
In an interview on July 16 with Jackass star Steve-O on his podcast Wild Ride! Podcast, Osbourne said her husband has started work on his second album with Watt. “And you can’t stop him,” she said, “He’s doing it.”
“He’s been hit by so much medically, but he’s doing good. He’s getting stronger every day,” Osbourne said.