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Ozzy Osbourne: The Thing My Son Jack Told Me That Made Me Realize What a Fucking Idiot I Was

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne discussed being a husband and a father, explaining to Rolling Stone:

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“I wasn’t so much of a dad as I was an extra delinquent child for my wife.

“I had a row with my son [Jack] one day and I asked him, ‘What the fuck have you ever wanted in your life?’

“He says, ‘A father.’

“That hit me between the eyes like a fucking rock. I turned to him on the spot: ‘Jack, I’m so fucking sorry.’

“My ego was running the show. I thought I had the right to be whatever I wanted to be. That’s not the case, because when you bring someone into the world you’ve got a responsibility.

“Sharon is one of these mothers who’d fly around the world, come back to England and take the kids to a zoo or a movie or whatever.

“I was in a fucking bar on the floor all the time, which I’m not proud of. But being sober gives them hope I’m here to stay. My relationship with my kids now is great.”

Asked to reveal his “secret” to maintaining a marriage for four decades despite all the problems and bumps on the road, Osbourne replied:

“Don’t get caught with your mistress. [Laughs]

“It’s a rock and roll thing – you rock and you roll. You take the good with the bad. When I was a crazy fucker, I’m lucky she didn’t walk out.

“Now I’m coming on five years clean and sober, and I’ve realized what a fucking idiot I was. I mean, I’m still nuts, but in control of it a bit more.

“When I said, ‘Don’t get caught by your missus,’ I’m not proud of all that shit. I upset my wife and I upset my family and I made a lot of shock and shame. I love my wife, and it made me realize what a fucking idiot I’ve been.

“I suppose it’s fair to say we love each other. I love her, and she loves me. She was brought up in a music industry, so she’s not like a schoolteacher who married a rock star.

“There’s no other woman I really want to spend the rest of my life with. You make a mistake and you learn by it.

“She’s made a few mistakes, and so have I. You know when you hear these people go, ‘Oh, we’ve been married 35 years and we’ve never had a row.’ I go, ‘You must have been living in a different fucking country.’

“Sometimes, I’ve looked at my wife and I’ve just been angry as fuck, and vice versa. Other times, I go, ‘Fuck, I love you.’

“[Forgiveness] is a good chunk of it.

“But then again, when you cross the fucking hurdles I have a few times, it’s like, ‘What the fuck’s all this mean?’ I don’t know the answer.

“In California, it’s like a fashion style: you get married one weekend and get divorced the next. I’ve been married twice in my life.

“But I don’t understand people that have been married fucking eight times or whatever. If this marriage ended, I’d go, ‘There’s something telling me I shouldn’t be married.'”

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