Ozzy Osbourne isn’t letting his health issues stop him from being where he belongs: on stage.
The British rocker, 73, has experienced multiple illnesses in recent years and has retired from his music.
However, he is poised to wow his fans again as the Prince of Darkness in the near future.
The Black Sabbath frontman opened up about his wellness journey and his desire to play in front of audiences again in a new People profile released on Wednesday.
“That’s where I belong,” Osbourne said of touring. “The relationship I have with my audience is the greatest love affair of my life.”
The father-of-six continued: “I am fully committed to getting back on stage, even if I have to be nailed to a board and wheeled on. Survival is my legacy.”
The singer also spoke about how his alter ego the “Prince of Darkness” followed him home after his concerts. “I started taking the Persona off the stage,” he noted. “I was really confused then. I haven’t given so–t about anything. I would get stupid drunk.”
Throughout his life, Osbourne has dealt with alcohol and substance abuse problems, as well as hospitalizations.
Since 2019, he has undergone multiple surgeries to fix his neck and back problems that stemmed from a home fall and ATV accident 16 years ago. His last surgery was in June when he had to remove and realign pins in his body.
“My life has been amazing with the things that have happened to me – both good and bad,” he said.
The ‘Osbournes’ star was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and now uses a cane to maneuver around. He also has problems with his speech due to the illness.
“I’ve never been so down,” he said. “I can’t understand my luck.”
Osbourne returned to the stage for the first time since his surgery in June, making a surprise appearance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England on August 8.
He appeared on the podium alongside his former band member, guitarist Tony Iommi. Osbourne also released his 13th solo studio album, Patient Number 9, earlier this month.
The reality star previously complained about Parkinson’s disease, saying the brain disorder feels like “walking around in lead boots”.
“You think you’re lifting your feet, but your foot isn’t moving,” he told the Observer last month, admitting he was battling depression in 2020 as a result of his Parkinson’s diagnosis.
“I reached a plateau that was lower than I wanted,” he said. “Nothing felt really great. Nothing. So I took these antidepressants and they work well.”
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