Ozzy Osbourne has backtracked on claims he had a sex addiction, less than six months after he said he was suffering from the disorder when a long-term affair was made public.
In a new interview with The Times, Ozzy said he doesn't have a problem — it just comes with the territory of being a rock star.
"I'm in a fucking rock band, aren't I?" he said. "There have always been groupies. I just got caught, didn't I? It was a bump in the road."
He added: "I don't think I'm a fucking sex addict."
Ozzy last August apologized to the women with whom he has had extramarital sexual relationships and admitted to undergoing therapy for sex addiction. Ozzy's statement came out in the wake of the first interview given by Michelle Pugh, the celebrity hairstylist whose four-year affair with the BLACK SABBATH singer was discovered by Sharon and nearly ended their 33-year marriage.
"Over the last six years, Ozzy Osbourne has been dealing with a sex addiction. He is sorry if Ms. Pugh took their sexual relationship out of context," Ozzy's representative told People magazine at the time.
"He would like to apologize to the other women he has been having sexual relationships with," continued the statement. "Out of the bad comes good. Since his relationship with Ms. Pugh was exposed, Ozzy has gone into intense therapy. Ozzy is mortified at what his behavior has done to his family. He thanks God that his incredible wife Sharon is at his side to support him."
Speaking to The Times, Osbourne said his marital woes were partly a result of Sharon's busy schedule.
"She's stronger than me or any man, for sure. I am more needy," Ozzy said. "Sharon is a workaholic and that's great. But if she comes home from 'X Factor' [where she was part of the judging panel] and wants to go to bed, what the fuck am I supposed to do? I'm sitting with my thumb in my arse waiting for her, aren't I? That's why men do stupid things, when they're on their own."
Ozzy reportedly pursued Pugh for a year after she first colored his hair in late 2011.
Sharon reportedly learned of Ozzy's affair by having a private investigator look into his activities. A source told In Touch that Sharon "found out that Ozzy was spending a lot of money. She wanted to know what he was buying and who he was buying it for. The investigator discovered that he was basically living a double life."
Ozzy is at the tail end of a year-long farewell tour with BLACK SABBATH and has also reportedly been working on a new solo album.