Sharon Osbourne has stuck with husband Ozzy Osbourne through thick and thin – which is pretty remarkable really, all things considered.
Drug addiction, health issues, bizarre behaviour – you name it, Ozzy has dished it out and Sharon has endured it. And now it has emerged he even tried to kill her 31 years ago.
In the new documentary The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, the Black Sabbath star and his 69-year-old wife get candid about the time he choked her while high on drugs.
Sharon recalled how she’d just tucked kids Jack, Kelly and Aimee into bed and was sitting reading when the drugged-up rocker entered the room and sat down across from her on the couch.
She knew something was wrong, Sharon says.
“I had no idea who was sat across from me on the sofa, but it wasn’t my husband. He goes to a stage where he gets that look in his eyes – the shutters were down and I just couldn’t get through to him.
“And he just said, ‘We’ve come to a decision that you’ve got to die’. He was calm – very calm – then suddenly he lunged across at me and just dived on me and started to choke me. He got me down on the ground on top of me.”
Fortunately, she managed to press a panic button, which prompted cops to arrive at their Buckinghamshire home.
could think of was the kids. 'There's no way I'm leaving my kids'. It was
probably the most frightened I’ve ever been,” she added.
And Ozzy’s reaction? In the doccie he says the incident was “the calmest I’ve ever felt in my life”.
“I was just peaceful. It's not exactly one of my greatest achievements,” Ozzy said.
“All I remember is waking up in 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 attempted murder’.”
The 71-year-old was sent to a treatment facility for six months, where he “was able to think” about his actions.
“I told him, ‘If you do this again, either I am going to kill you or you are going to kill me. And do you want that for the kids?’” Sharon says.
Over the years, Ozzy has become notorious for being one of rock ’n roll’s No 1 bad boys.
During a concert in 1982 the self-styled Prince of Darkness bit the head off a live bat after an audience member threw the animal onto the stage.
“Immediately, though, something felt wrong,” Ozzy recalled in an interview a few years ago. “Very wrong. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched. ‘Oh f**k me’, I thought. I didn't just go and eat a f***ing bat, did I?” Ozzy recalled.
He had to be treated for rabies.
And in 2002, Ozzy, stoned and drunk, threatened to shoot 17 of his pet cats in one night. Sharon found him hiding under the piano, dressed in a white shirt and clutching a bloody knife.
A year later, Ozzy was seriously injured in a quad-biking accident while tearing around the grounds of his at his home at Chalfont St Peter, England. He broke his collarbone and eight ribs and underwent an operation to lift his collarbone, which was reportedly restricting a major artery.
He lived to tell the tale, of course, and to continue to make Sharon’s life a misery. All of which boils down to one thing: the lyrics from his 1981 song Flying High Again continue to resonate: “I been a bad, bad boy/No use sayin' sorry/It's somethin' that I enjoy”.