After months of nonstop rumors, rocker Ozzy Osbourne has finally revealed that he is battling Parkinson’s Disease.
“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Osbourne told Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts during an exclusive interview on Tuesday (Jan. 21.). “I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”
Indeed, Osborne’s most recent health troubles began last February as he dealt with the repercussions of a bad fall. At the same time, he was made aware of his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.
“It’s PRKN 2,” his wife Sharon Osborne further explained. “There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”
While Parkinson’s Disease has no known cure, Osbourne is on medication to keep the pain and the paralysis away as much as possible. And yes, he is feeling better just knowing that his secret is now out.
“I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?” Ozzy added.
And in case you were wondering, Osbourne isn’t hanging up his microphone anytime soon. He will do anything he can to get out in front of his fans again.
“They’re my air, you know,” said Osbourne. “I feel better. I’ve owned up to the fact that I have — a case of Parkinson’s. And I just hope they hang on and they’re there for me because I need them. I wanna see my people, you know. It’s like I’m — I miss them so much.”