“The Prince of Darkness” sheds light on his private health battle.
In an interview with “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts that aired Tuesday, Ozzy Osbourne — along with his wife and manager, Sharon — opened up about his difficult year, which included a painful fall at his Los Angeles home in February.
“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,” the “Crazy Train” rocker revealed.
The former Black Sabbath frontman was also diagnosed with a “mild form” of Parkinson’s disease.
"It's PRKN 2," Sharon 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."
The musician — who was forced to postpone the end of his 2019 tour in April — is taking a variety of medications, including “nerve pills” for his neurodegenerative disorder.
"I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold," he said. "I don't know if that's the Parkinson's or what, you know, but that's — see, that's the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I'd never heard of nerve pain, and it's a weird feeling."
Because they say doctors are unsure which symptoms are from his fall and which are from Parkinson’s, in April the couple plans to visit a Swiss professor who will hopefully help Ozzy’s immune system get into peak form.
When asked if it’s hard for him to be “transparent” about his life, the patriarch — who was subject to rumors that he was on his “deathbed” — replied, “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?"
At the end of the day, Ozzy said he is optimistic about his future.
“I just can’t wait to get well and have to go on the road again,” he exclaimed. “That’s what’s killing me. I need it, you know? That’s my drug today.”