Being married to an addict is a tough path to walk, and nobody knows that better than Sharon Osbourne.
As the wife — as well as manager — of legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne, she’s supported the “Prince of Darkness” through a decades-long battle with alcohol and drug addiction, and opened up on today’s edition of “The Talk” about what she’s learned about the nature of addiction, and the moment when she realized there was nothing she could do about it.
“It was an incident a few years back when my husband called me up and he said … ‘I want you to know that I’m back drinking,’” said Osbourne. “And I just said, ‘Hey, do what you’ve gotta do. Knock yourself out. See you later. Bye.’”
She added: “And he told me that when I did that he was so shocked by it. He was really, like, taken back by my attitude that he thought again before he took another drink — however he still did. But it … shocked him.”
As she explained, it took her a long time to come to the epiphany that no matter how hard she worked to keep Ozzy sober, the only person who could actually accomplish that was Ozzy himself.
“It took me years and years to actually realize that I would think, ‘I can fix it, I can do it. Because I love him so much. I can make my husband stop using drugs and alcohol. He’ll do it for me. I know he’ll do it.’ And then it took me a good 25 years to actually realize that you can’t do a damn thing. Nothing,” she said. “They say that you can’t get better until you find your spiritual health. It’s, like, the major part.”
“The Talk” airs weekdays at 2 p.m. ET/PT on Global.