Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have opened up about the time he tried to “calmly” kill her in 1989 while high on drugs in a new US documentary.
The Black Sabbath rocker, who recently revealed he is battling Parkinson’s disease, also said he is taking antidepressants to help him deal with being isolated at home during the pandemic, The Sun reports.
Reflecting on her near-death experience 31 years ago, Sharon said: “I put the kids to bed, bathed them – we had a nanny living at the house then – and I was sat down reading.
“He came into the room. I had no idea who was sat across from me on the sofa but it wasn’t my husband. He goes to a stage where he gets that look in his eyes, the shutters were down and I just couldn’t get through to him. And he just said, ‘We’ve come to a decision that you’ve got to die.’
“He was calm – very calm – then suddenly he lunged across at me and just dived on me and started to choke me. He got me down on the ground on top of me and I was feeling for stuff on the table. I felt the panic button and I just pressed it and the next thing I know, the cops were there.”
The incident happened when the couple, who have three kids, were living in Buckinghamshire, England.
Sharon, 67, said: “All I could think of was the kids. ‘There’s no way I’m leaving my kids.’ So it was probably the most frightened that I had ever been.”
Speaking on The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, which airs tomorrow in the US on the A&E channel, Ozzy insisted the episode was very different for him.
The 71-year-old singer said: “I felt the calmest I had ever felt in my life. I was just peaceful. It’s not exactly one of my greatest achievements.”
Ozzy went on: “All I remember is waking up in Amersham jail and I asked the cop, ‘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 attempted murder.’”
Incredibly, Sharon said that, while close to divorcing him, she always wanted to stay with Ozzy for the sake of the kids.
She said: “Thank God the judge put him in treatment for six months. I had time to really think about what he should do. 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. And do you want that for the kids?’”
Fortunately, the couple managed to get past the incident and are now living in LA.
Speaking about dealing with his depression since coronavirus hit, Ozzy said: “When I am in a room on my own, it is a bad f***ing place. Our heads are our worst enemies in times like this because people are locked up and worried about this pandemic.
“They need to unload because if you do not unload, you’ll get depressed. My therapist suggested that I start meditating again. I am on this new antidepressant which is working wonders.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission