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Ozzy Osbourne Calls Strangling Wife Sharon with Intent to Kill ‘Calmest’ Moment of His Life

by Chris Haney
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In 1989, legendary English singer Ozzy Osbourne tried to kill his wife Sharon, and now the couple are speaking out about the incident. The former Black Sabbath frontman, 72, attempted to murder his wife when he was high on drugs.

“We’d had a couple of fights and you can tell it was building to something, you could just feel it,” Sharon, 67, said in the new 2-hour A&E documentary Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne. “I just knew it was coming.”

Sharon Osbourne, a co-host on “The Talk,” described Osbourne’s personality as “night and day” when he was on drugs.

Details of the Night Ozzy Osbourne Tried to Kill His Wife

At the time, things were tense between the couple in large part due to Ozzy’s drug use. Even before the attempted strangulation, Sharon said the rocker “frightened the s–t” out of her because he was “very rarely calm.”

Speaking on the incident, Ozzy said, “I felt the calmest I’ve ever felt in my life. It was like serenity. Everything was just peaceful.”

The attempt to take his wife’s life happened right after Sharon put their three children – Kelly, Jack, and Aimee – to sleep.

“I had no idea who sat across from me on the sofa but it wasn’t my husband,” Sharon recalled about that night. “He gets to a stage where he gets this look in his eyes where his shutters are down and I couldn’t get through to him. He just says, ‘We’ve come to a decision that you’ve got to die.’ He was calm, very very calm and he lunged across at me.”

A “panic button” on the table near where she was sitting essentially saved her life that night. “[I] just pressed it. Next thing I know the cops were there,” she said.

The Aftermath of the Incident

“It’s not exactly one of my greatest f–king achievements,” said Ozzy.

The rocker was so high on drugs that when he woke up in jail, he even asked an officer, “Why am I here?”

“And he says, ‘You want me to read your charge?’ So he read, ‘John Michael Osbourne, you have been arrested for the attempted murder of Sharon Osbourne. I was very very surprised when she dropped the charges,” Ozzy said.

“It was probably the most frightened I’ve ever been,” Sharon continued.

Afterwards, Osbourne checked into a treatment facility for six months. During this time, his wife thought long and hard about whether or not she would file for a divorce. She said she considered all factors and options as she made her decision.

“I was looking at all the options left in my life,” she said. “I was looking at everything. What is going to be the best for my kids? What is going to be the best for me?”

“I told him, ‘I don’t want the money, but if you do this again, either I am going to kill you or you are going to kill me,'” Sharon continued. “‘And do you want that for the kids?'”

Sharon eventually realized she “hated being without him” so she chose not to get a divorce.

“Ozzy was very frightened when he came out and when he was in his house, he definitely watched what he was doing. He frightened himself,” she said of the rock legend when he returned from treatment.

The couple celebrated their 38th year of marriage earlier this summer. Sharon posted a special message to her Instagram account to mark the occasion.


In other recent Ozzy-related news, the lead singer said there are no plans to reunite with Black Sabbath. Also, fans might have to do a double take when looking at recent pictures of a now grey-headed Ozzy.

[H/T FOX News]