It's long been reported that Ozzy Osbourne has Parkinson's disease -- or at least a form of it -- but the official announcement wasn't made until last month. But, in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Ozzy says he was diagnosed 17 years ago.
“I’m not dying from Parkinson’s," says Ozzy. "I’ve been working with it most of my life. I’ve cheated death so many times. If tomorrow you read ‘Ozzy Osbourne never woke up this morning,’ you wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, my God!’ You’d go, ‘Well, it finally caught up with him.’...
“People have written me off time and time again, but I kept coming back and I’m going to come back from this... When? I don’t know."
Scheduled to hit the road at the end of May, that may not be set in stone as he says, “I don’t want to go back out there until I’m ready.”
Ozzy also says there is a bio-pic in the works.
"Don’t ask me anything about it. My family are involved and I said to my wife, good luck. To get my three kids to agree on one thing, you’ve got to get up really early in the morning.”
His wife Sharon adds, “People thought I was insane trying to get a movie done on Ozzy... Our story is a love story and it happens that he’s a musician. We’re working in our own quiet way, doing our own thing on that. It’s totally different to what anybody would think.”
And Ozzy says, “We stuck together and it’s good. I’m dying to find the person who wrote: ‘And they all lived happily ever after,’ because it’s a lie. But it’s also a pretty boring existence ... ‘happily ever after.’”
Before the movie and tour comes his new album, Ordinary Man, on February 21st.