"All I remember is waking up in Amersham jail and I asked the cop, 'Why am I here?'" said Ozzy Osbourne. He then found out that he was there for an attempt to murder.
There used to be a time when nothing could stop Ozzy Osbourne from having a drink if he wanted one. This one time, his wife, Sharon Osbourne had taken all his clothes along with her as she left a hotel room for a chore just so that he wouldn't go out looking for a drink. But that, too, could not stop him; he put on one of her dresses and off he went to drink.
Previously, the Black Sabbath frontman struggled with his addiction to alcohol and drugs, and because of it, he nearly killed someone. He once woke up behind bars and could not even remember the events that led to him getting arrested.
As Ozzy Osbourne spoke about the incident with Evening Standard, he began by saying, "I used to blackout a lot. And my biggest fear was waking up in a police cell and having an old lady say to a police officer, yes, that's the guy who ran my husband down, or that's the guy who hit my son over the head with an axe. It used to terrify me ... And then it happened - that day when I woke up in this little single cell with human shit up the walls - and I thought, what the f*** have I done now?"
When he asked the police officer what he was in the prison cell for, he recalled the officer reading from a piece of paper and told him that he was charged with attempting to murder his wife, Sharon Osbourne.
The musician felt "numb" after hearing the words. The musician did, indeed, try to kill his wife and the mother of his children.
It was in 1989 when Sharon Osbourne had her near-death experience at the hands of her own husband after he got high. As she recalled the horrifying experience in the documentary, The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, she said, "I put the kids to bed, bathed them — we had a nanny living at the house then—and I was sat down reading," as quoted by The Sun.
That was when Ozzy Osbourne walked into the room, and she felt like he was in a daze. "He came into the room. I had no idea who was sat across from me on the sofa but it wasn’t my husband," she said. "He goes to a stage where he gets that look in his eyes, the shutters were down and I just couldn’t get through to him. And he just said, ‘We’ve come to a decision that you’ve got to die.'"
Things quickly turned dangerous within seconds. Sharon Osbourne recalled, "He was calm — very calm — then suddenly he lunged across at me and just dived on me and started to choke me. He got me down on the ground on top of me and I was feeling for stuff on the table. I felt the panic button and I just pressed it and the next thing I know, the cops were there."
Fear had taken complete control of her as her husband's hands were around her neck, but the thought of her children was still on her mind. "All I could think of was the kids. ‘There’s no way I’m leaving my kids,’" she said. "So it was probably the most frightened that I had ever been."
Although Sharon Osbourne had a nightmarish episode, Ozzy Osbourne felt the stark opposite. When he spoke in the documentary, he said, "I felt the calmest I had ever felt in my life. I was just peaceful. It’s not exactly one of my greatest achievements. All I remember is waking up in Amersham jail and I asked the cop, 'Why am I here?' And he says, 'You want me to read your charge?' So he read, 'John Michael Osbourne, you have been arrested for attempted murder.'"
The incident pushed Sharon Osbourne to almost divorcing the musician. However, when Ozzy Osbourne was away for treatment, she gave it some thought. "Thank God the judge put him in treatment for six months. I had time to really think about what he should do. I told him, 'I don’t want the money but if you do this again, either I am going to kill you or you are going to kill me. And do you want that for the kids?'"
When they reunited after his treatment, they were able to deal with what happened and moved forward. Although there were other difficult times in their relationship, they have been married to each other for 38 years and still counting.