Jack Osbourne is revealing the mindset that helped him to stay sober after he was diagnosed with MS in 2012.
In a new interview with Variety, the 35-year-old son of Sharon and Ozzy said that he stays on track by focusing on what’s right in front of him.
“I felt deflated and frustrated because I was like, ‘Well, what was the point? What was the point in even doing any of this bullshit? I should have just burned it all down years ago,'” he said of being diagnosed at age 26, following nine years of sobriety.
“But then I did what I have done my whole adult life in recovery: I reached out to the people in my tribe, and kind of told them what was going on,” he continued.
Jack shared the important piece of advice that helps him to keep going.
“Someone very close to me gave me the sound advice of, ‘Well, are you going to die today?’ And I was like, ‘No.’ He’s like, ‘Are you going to die tomorrow?’ And I was like, ‘No.’ And he’s like, ‘Well, call me tomorrow,'” he said.
The TV personality also spoke about the lesson from his 12-step-program that he implements every day.
“It’s a cliché term, but when it comes to my ailment, I tend to have a day-at-a-time-type attitude around it. I have no guarantee what my life will look like in five, 10 or 15 years. So I just try and focus on what’s right in front of me,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne revealed the words Jack said to motivate his sobriety.
The 72-year-old rocker has been sober for seven years, following a lengthy battle with substance abuse that began in the ’70s.
Revealing how Jack, now 35, inspired him to finally kick his addiction on the head, Ozzy recalled, “I had a row with Jack. I had to talk business. And I said, ‘What have you ever f*****g wanted? I’ll give you whatever you want.'”
Speaking to Variety, the singer continued, “He says, ‘What about a father?’ That kicked me in the balls so hard. It knocked me sideways. I went, ‘Oh, my God.’ I’d give whatever materialistic things they ever wanted. But the most important person wasn’t there.”
Looking back on his struggle with substance abuse Ozzy admitted, “I should have been dead 1,000 times. I thought I’d be drinking to the day I die.”
Ozzy also revealed how his lifestyle impacted his abilities as a parent. “I didn’t give a s**t, because I was loaded,” he added. “It’s a very selfish disease. You don’t think about it because you’re loaded, in an altered state.”
Wife Sharon explained how she first convinced Ozzy to enter rehab when she was pregnant with their daughter Kelly, now 36.
“I just knew that this wasn’t the way people should carry on when they’ve got kids,” she said.