Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement.
The Black Sabbath frontman broke the news during an interview on Good Morning America, which was broadcast yesterday morning (21 January). He told host Robin Roberts that he was diagnosed last February while his wife, Sharon Osbourne, confirmed that he had stage two Parkinson’s.
Ozzy added that he’s undergoing treatment for his condition and remains optimistic about his chances of recovery. “I ain’t done yet,” he said. “I ain’t gonna go anywhere yet.” Osbourne also added how going public with his condition came as a huge relief. “I feel better now that I’ve owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson’s. And I just hope [my fans] hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.”
The singer also talked about his fall in January 2019, which resulted in numerous metal rods in his body being dislodged. The rods were put in place following a previous ATV accident in 2003. “ was the worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life. When I had the fall, I just fell and landed like a slam on the floor,” Osbourne said. “After that, it was all downhill.”
Ozzy announced back in November that the European leg of his No More Tours 2 tour, which was supposed to kick off this month, would be delayed until May to allow him time to recover from his medical issues. “I want to be 100 percent ready to come out and knock your fucking socks off,” he said in a statement at the time. Meanwhile, the North American dates, starting in May, will go ahead as planned.
Ozzy also recently released Ordinary Man, the title track and third single off his 11th studio album of the same name. The song featured Elton John and debuted on 10 January. The album, Ordinary Man, will be released on 21 February.
Listen to the single Ordinary Man below:
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