Sex addiction to blame for my marriage woes - Ozzy Osbourne
Published 05/08/2016 | 02:30
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he is undergoing "intense therapy" for a "sex addiction" that nearly resulted in the disintegration of his marriage to Sharon Osbourne.
The 67-year-old Black Sabbath singer said in a statement that he was "mortified" at the effect of his behaviour on his family.
The announcement came after hair stylist Michelle Pugh told 'People' magazine she had a "very real relationship" with the rocker, lasting four years.
Earlier this year, Osbourne moved out of the family home, with Mrs Osbourne suggesting in May that their 34-year marriage could come to an end.
After reports of the split, the 63-year-old told US television chat show 'The Talk' that she had "no idea" if she shared a future with her husband.
However, the couple later indicated they were back together.
Osbourne said in a statement: "Over the last six years, I have been dealing with a sex addiction. I'm sorry if Ms Pugh took our sexual relationship out of context.
"I'd also like to apologise to the other women I have been having sexual relationships with."
He added: "Out of bad comes good. Since the press exposed this, I have gone into intense therapy. I am mortified at what my behaviour has done to my family.
"I thank God that my incredible wife is at my side to support me."
The Osbournes, who have been married for more than three decades, have become one of Hollywood's most famous couples since starring in a reality television show, 'The Osbournes', alongside two of their children, Jack and Kelly, which gave an insight into their family life in Beverly Hills.
Sharon Osbourne (63) was a regular panellist on US reality TV talent show "America's Got Talent" and played out a battle with colon cancer in public.
Following Mrs Osbourne's interview on 'The Talk' in May, the couple seemed to be reconciled when they appeared on stage together later that month to announce a festival in California in September featuring 40 heavy metal acts.
The festival, named Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, will be headlined by Osbourne's veteran heavy rock band Black Sabbath, in what is being billed as their final North American show, and Slipknot.