Ozzy Osbourne opens up about privately living with Parkinson’s in the ‘most painful, miserable year’ of his life

Ozzy Osbourne broke his silence on being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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Ozzy Osbourne broke his silence on being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
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The legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne broke his silence on a diagnosis that he says has led to “the most painful, miserable year” of his life.

In an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America,” the 71-year-old musician said he was diagnosed in February of last year with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous-system disorder that causes a gradual loss of nerve cells in the brain and has no known cure.

Fans have speculated that Ozzy was having health problems when he postponed his world tour in 2019. The singer was diagnosed shortly after having neck surgery, which he said “screwed all my nerves” and numbed different parts of his body.

“They cut nerves when they did the surgery,” he said. “I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.”

In the year since his diagnosis, Ozzy has been recovering at home with the help of his wife, Sharon Osbourne, and taking medication for the disease.

“It’s PRKN 2,” Sharon Osbourne told “Good Morning America.”

“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 “Prince of Darkness” is not the only celebrity living with Parkinson’s disease. The actor Alan Alda was diagnosed with it five years ago, and it was displayed onscreen in his widely lauded performance in “Marriage Story.” Michael J. Fox was diagnosed in 1991 and began a foundation in 2000 dedicated to finding a cure for the disease. Experts in the field have praised Ozzy and others for helping to raise awareness about the condition.

“Everyone who steps forward to share their Parkinson’s diagnosis paints a fuller picture of the disease,” Dr. Rachel Dolhun, the VP of Medical Communications at the Michael J. Fox Foundation, told Insider. “No two cases of Parkinson’s are alike and each person helps raise awareness, dispel misconceptions and stigma, and advance research toward better understanding, treatments and a cure for this disease.”

Ozzy said he felt guilty hiding his conditions as rumors swirled around and decided to finally break his silence.

“I’m no good with secrets,” he said. “I cannot walk around with it anymore because it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”

“Everyone who steps forward to share their Parkinson’s diagnosis paints a fuller picture of the disease. No two cases of Parkinson’s are alike and each person helps raise awareness, dispel misconceptions and stigma, and advance research toward better understanding, treatments and a cure for this disease.”

But the rock legend says the hopes of getting back out on stage to perform is helping his road to recovery.

“I can’t wait to get well and get on the road again, that’s what’s killing me – I need it. That’s my drug today,” Ozzy said. “I ain’t done yet. I’m not going anywhere yet.”

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