The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osborne, revealed Tuesday morning that he is battling Parkinson’s disease in an interview on GMA.
He was diagnosed last February after a bunch of health setbacks causing him to put his music career on hold. He had a near-deadly staph infection and a fall that damaged his nervous system. Ozzy is currently being medicated for Parkison’s, but said he felt guilty keeping this from his fans.
“I found out I have a mild form of … what is it?” the singer asked his wife, Sharon, in the interview. “PRKN 2, which is a form of Parkinson’s,” she said. “There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s. It’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. It’s like you have a good day, a good day and then a really bad day.”
Ozzy now feels that a weight has been lifted off his shoulders. “I feel better now that I’ve owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson’s,” he said. “And I just hope [my fans] hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.” He called his fans his “air.”
Ozzy’s new album Ordinary Man is set to be released next month and features guest appearances from Post Malone, Elton John, Slash, and many more.