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Ozzy Osbourne says he has experienced significant improvement in his health since undergoing major surgery.
The 73-year-old heavy metal singer-songwriter, who revealed in January 2020 that he has Parkinson’s disease, spoke about his recovery during a performance Wednesday with his wife Sharon, 69, on “Good Morning America”.
“Before I talk to you like that,” he told correspondent Chris Connelly, leaning forward in his chair.
“The Osbournes” alum went on to say, “Since I’ve had this surgery, I’ve improved significantly.”
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Sharon explained that before the surgery, Ozzy was in terrible pain.
“These metal plates worked their way out,” said the former “The Talk” host. “The debris rubbed his spinal cord. Some days he would literally cry in pain.”
The former Black Sabbath frontman has struggled with a number of physical ailments over the years. In 2003, he nearly died in an ATV accident when his quad bike hit him while he was driving around his London estate.
Ozzy also had surgery after a bad fall in 2019. He told Connelly, “I had to have surgery on my neck, which messed up all my nerves.”
The musician said his mobility is “not great” these days.
“I have to negotiate everywhere I want to go and I get tired quickly. But I’m fine. My family has been absolutely wonderful while I was in bed,” added Ozzy.
“He’s a pain in the ass,” Sharon joked. “Everything from heartbreaking to soul-destroying to the joys of his recovery.”
Ozzy will make his first US appearance in two years on September 8, the first day of the NFL season. The football organization announced on social media Monday that the ‘Shot in the Dark’ hitmaker will be the halftime performer for the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills.
He last took the stage at the 2019 American Music Awards when he joined Travis Scott and Post Malone for a performance of their collaboration “Take What You Want”.
Ozzy’s thirteenth solo studio album, Patient Number 9, is released the day after his NFL halftime performance.
During his interview with GMA, Ozzy discussed taking the podium for the first time since 2019 when he performed at the Commonwealth Games in his hometown of Birmingham, England, last month.
“When I’m on a podium, something takes over,” he said. “My spirit becomes alive.”
Sharon added: “There were 30,000 people there and as soon as Ozzy came, they all cried because they just couldn’t believe he was there.”
“It wasn’t that bad,” Ozzy told her.
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“Shut up,” the Sharon Osbourne Show alumna said with a playful wave of the hand.
The couple will soon be making their comeback to reality TV. They are starring in an upcoming TBEN documentary series titled ‘Home to Roost’. The show follows Ozzy and Sharon as they return to the UK and adjust to life in the English countryside.
“The series will follow the Osbournes as they celebrate one of their most significant years yet – with everything from Sharon’s 70th birthday to Kelly’s baby-to-be, Ozzy’s tour and of course the big move itself,” read a logline for the show.
Announced some 20 years after the pair’s premiere MTV reality show “The Osbournes,” “Home to Roost” will also follow Ozzy and Sharon as they deal with health issues and aging, according to the outlet.
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