Ozzy Osbourne Opens Up About Affair: Sex Addiction Is ‘By Far The Worst Addiction That I Have’

Nearly a year after revealing that he had sex addiction, coincidentally it was at the same time that he was caught cheating on his wife, Ozzy Osbourne talks about his dependence in a new interview. The epiphany that Ozzy had a sex addiction came after his wife Sharon Osbourne caught wind that the rocker having a long-term affair with celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh after she colored his hair in late 2011.

Ozzy and Sharon gave an interview to Hello! magazine, where the Black Sabbath frontman opened up about his four-year-long affair that nearly ended their 33-year marriage.

“She was a hairdresser who was coming round to the house. I honestly don’t know how it started, but then it picked up momentum and I thought, ‘If I stop, she’s going to go to the press.’ By giving in to temptation, you put your head in the lion’s mouth, but then it closes, and no matter which way you go, you’ve done wrong.”

Sharon added that she never suspected that the hairdresser would have an affair with her husband.

“I knew that she was overly flirty with Ozzy — you know when people over-laugh at things you say? — but to be truthful with you, I thought, ‘He would never go with that, ever. [I thought] ‘She’s just an old rock chick. Never in a million years.'”

Sharon stated that she was so oblivious to the affair that she only found out about it “when the press called. That was the first I knew of it.” Ozzy said he “was scared to death” when his wife found out about his extramarital affair.

Osbourne also talked about his debilitating sex addiction being his worst addition.

“My first wife divorced me because of my playing around. It’s by far the worst addiction that I have. When I was drinking or doing drugs, I was affecting myself physically, but with the sex addiction, it affects everybody. It made me realize what a complete idiot I was. I sat down and I thought, ‘What the hell have I done?’ I can’t imagine life without Sharon. She’s my soulmate. I love her. I can honestly say that I’ve never loved any other woman besides Sharon. I’ve got a crazy-assed way of showing it, but she’s the love of my life.”

Ozzy explained the dangers of living life on the road as a rock god.

“I’m fed up of being an addict — and it’s not just sex; it can be drugs, alcohol, collecting stamps, anything. There’s no in between with me and it’s really hard work. And the business that I’m in… it’s like sitting in a cake shop when you’re on a diet. I even do the sex therapy sessions on Skype now when I’m on the road.”

Last August, Ozzy said that he was undergoing “intense therapy” for a sex addiction. “Over the last six years, I have been dealing with a sex addiction,” Osbourne said in a statement. “I am mortified at what my behavior has done to my family. I thank God that my incredible wife Sharon is at my side to support me.”

Of course, this goes against what Ozzy has said in the past when he laughed at accusations that he was a sex addict. In January, the metal legend told the Times of London the following:

“I’m in a fucking rock band, aren’t I? There have always been groupies. I just got caught, didn’t I? It was a bump in the road. I bet your marriage has bumps in the road too an’ all. In any marriage you grow apart if you don’t spend enough time together, and that was part of the problem. I don’t think I’m a fucking sex addict.”

Ozzy is still undergoing therapy for his sex addiction and said he’s “doing my utmost to make amends to Sharon and to all of the family.” Ozzy and Sharon renewed their 35-year-old wedding vows on May 14, 2017. Let’s just hope that Ozzy can move past whatever his demons are and live the life that makes him happiest.