Ozzy Osbourne: ‘I Didn’t Expect To Live Past 30′
He is truly a living legend, so it's only appropriate that Ozzy Osbourne was given that very award along with his Black Sabbath bandmates during the recent Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards in London. Despite this, Ozzy later revealed that in during his younger days, he "didn't expect to live past 30."
Ozzy tells Express.co.uk he's surprised to be alive, and has his wife Sharon Osbourne to thank. “I’m alive because I’ve got a strong wife, I think," Osbourne says. "I didn’t expect to live past 30 – I remember when I was 21 saying I would be dead by 40. That was all right until I was 39½.”
Ozzy expressed a similar sentiment during his acceptance speech for the Living Legend award. "I'm so happy to be getting this award and to still be here because I tried for so many years to kill myself! Thank you very much." When asked what advice he'd give young musicians, Ozzy answered, “I’m not good at giving advice to anyone else. Drink more and take as much cocaine as you can. That’s what I would tell my younger self.”
Osbourne has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse most of his life, and that has caused problems in his marriage over the years. Earlier this year, Ozzy admitted he had been using again, which caused Sharon to temporarily move out. He's clean and sober again, and the couple have reunited.
2013 has been a big year for Ozzy and Black Sabbath. In addition to releasing the album '13' and completing an extensive worldwide tour, the live DVD 'Gathered in Their Masses' will be released next week (Nov. 26).
Sabbath will be back on the road in 2014, with a North American tour set to launch March 31 in Brooklyn, N.Y.