Hard rock legend Ozzy Osbourne took to this Facebook page on Monday to deny one major rumor and confirm another one.
“For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs,” wrote Osbourne, who has struggled with substance abuse for much of his career before a recent stretch of sobriety. “I was in a very dark place and was an a–hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.”
He also spoke up to deny swirling rumors that he and longtime wife Sharon Osbourne were on the verge of divorce after 30 years of marriage. “Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I’m just trying to be a better person,” wrote Ozzy after media reports had Sharon moving out of the couple’s home and allegedly starting divorce proceedings.
“I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my band mates for my insane behavior during this period,” he said. “And my fans.”
Osbourne is preparing to release is first album with Black Sabbath in 35 years, 13 (June 11). It will mark the first Sabbath album with Ozzy’s vocals since 1978′s Never Say Die! and on Monday the band revealed the first four dates of their North American tour in support of the disc. The shows in Holmdel, New Jersey (August 4), Toronto, Ontario (August 14), Seattle, Washington (August 24) and Los Angeles (September 3) will feature Ozzy playing alongside original members guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler.
Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk is featured on drums on the album, which was produced by Rick Rubin.