Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne plan to return to the United Kingdom permanently in the coming months. In an interview with The Observer, the 73-year-old Ozzy said he had not traveled to his home country in “three or four years” due to his health struggles, but recently made a surprise appearance at the Commonwealth Games’ closing ceremony in Birmingham, England, on Aug. 8.
Ozzy and Sharon, 69, say they will resume living in the U.K. in February 2023 after residing in Los Angeles for more than two decades, in large part due to gun violence in the U.S. Said Ozzy: “Everything’s f—ing ridiculous there. I’m fed up with people getting killed every day. God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert… It’s f—ing crazy. And I don’t want to die in America. I don’t want to be buried in f—ing Forest Lawn” (noting the famous cemetery in Los Angeles). “I’m English. I want to be back. But saying that, if my wife said we’ve got to go and live in Timbuktu, I’ll go. But, no, it’s just time for me to come home.”
The former Black Sabbath singer has experienced a number of health issues in recent years; he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003, and underwent major surgery in June. Sharon told The Observer that the move back to England has nothing to do with her husband’s health: “I knew people would think that. It’s not. It’s just time. America has changed so drastically. It isn’t the United States of America at all. Nothing’s united about it. It’s a very weird place to live right now.”
The Osbournes also told The Observer that Ozzy will attempt to tour again after his next album, ‘Patient Number 9,’ drops on Sept. 9: “I’ll give it the best shot I can for another tour. You have not seen the end of Ozzy Osbourne, I promise you. “If I have to go up there and die on the first song, I’ll still be back the next day.”
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