Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne tells what it’s like to live with Parkinson’s disease.
The Black Sabbath frontman, who has been living with the brain condition since 2019, revealed the physical and mental challenges associated with the diagnosis.
“You think you’re lifting your feet, but your foot isn’t moving,” the 73-year-old told The Observer. “It feels like I’m walking around in lead boots.”
Osbourne admitted to battling depression in 2020 as a result of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
“I reached a plateau that was lower than I wanted,” he explained. “Nothing really felt great. Nothing. So I went on these antidepressants, and they work well.”
The rocker thanks his wife Sharon Osbourne and daughter Kelly Osbourne for allowing him to continue performing despite his health problems.
“Without my Sharon I would be fucking gone,” he told the outlet. “We have a few fights now and then, but otherwise we just carry on.”
The “Crazy Train” singer was released from a Los Angeles hospital in June after undergoing what Sharon, 69, described as “major surgery” that “would define the rest of his life”.
The rocker’s “life-changing” surgery involved removing and realigning pins in his neck and back.
Along with Parkinson’s and a battle with COVID-19, the musician has dealt with the aftermath of a quad bike accident in 2003.
More recently, Osbourne revealed that he was “satisfied” with the violence in America and has made plans to return to the UK with Sharon.
“Everything is ridiculous there,” he told The Observer. “I’m tired of people getting killed every day. God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings.”
Sharon added that her husband’s health played no part in the decision, despite fans’ assumptions.
“I knew people would think that. It’s not. It’s just time. America has changed so drastically. It’s not the United States of America at all. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a really weird place to live right now.”