U.K.'s Mirror.co.uk recently conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Mirror.co.uk: So your autobiography, "I Am Ozzy", is finally out. Is there anything left to shock us with?
Ozzy Osbourne: Well, it's not exactly a bedtime story. Not one for the grandkids. I've had a pretty eventful life. You can't put Ozzy Osbourne's life down in 350 pages. There might be another nine instalments to come yet… Everyone knows about the bat and the dove, but there's lots of other really funny stuff in there. And what's kept me alive all these years is I've had a good sense of humour.
Mirror.co.uk: What have been your proudest and most shameful moments?
Ozzy Osbourne: I regret trying to kill Sharon. It wasn't my plan to go out, get pissed, try to strangle her and wake up in jail. My best moment was being successful on my own after BLACK SABBATH. And having my kids. And getting sober.
Mirror.co.uk: Does it bug you that you're most famous for biting the head off a bat/pair of doves?
Ozzy Osbourne: What would happen if I did that today? "Ozzy Bit The Heads Off A Pair Of Doves." So what? But it's going to be on my fucking gravestone. You'd think it was all I'd ever done, but I've done a lot more fucking things than that. When people ask what it's like to bite the head off a bat, I get kind of pissed off because they haven't done much research.
Mirror.co.uk: What would have happened if you hadn't met [wife/manager] Sharon?
Ozzy Osbourne: I'd be dead. I'd have killed myself by now. Falling in love with Sharon was the best thing that ever happened to me. She was patient, she stuck by me. Someone asked me, "Imagine if it was the other way around, you were the sober one and she was the one on the floor covered in piss and puke every day. How long do you think you would last?" And I was like, "Fuck, that's a good question." I really don't know the answer. She stuck it out. Her being sober saved me. She's not a big drinker — she has a few glasses of wine and she goes fucking nuts.
Mirror.co.uk: So how is sobriety? Does it ever get boring?
Ozzy Osbourne: Who? Oh. Well, no. What happened with me was I'd get unhappy, then I'd have a drink and I'd get unhappier. So what's the fucking point in doing something that makes you feel worse? There was a time when it was fucking great — cocaine, booze, women and all the rest, but as life went on, it got a bit shallow.
Mirror.co.uk: What's your biggest vice these days?
Ozzy Osbourne: I'm an exercise addict. I do the cross trainer and a jump rope every day. I don't do fucking yoga or wheatgrass shots, though. Everyone in California tries to get me to have it, and it's like something out of a pond. If only people would live their lives rather than trying to save their lives, we'd all be much better off.
Mirror.co.uk: How do you manage when she's not around?
Ozzy Osbourne: Well, it's a bit quieter. Normally I go to bed and it's my wife, the dog, a cell phone and a fucking computer. She manages herself and her career, me and my career, the kids and their careers, she fucking does everything.
Read the entire interview from Mirror.co.uk.