Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne said that he’s leaving the United States over the mass shootings that are plaguing the nation.
The legendary singer, 73, told The Observer that he’s leaving California for good and making his 350-acre estate in Birmingham his permanent home base.
“Everything’s f–king ridiculous there. I’m fed up with people getting killed every day,” he detailed. “God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert… It’s f–king crazy.”
“And I don’t want to die in America. I don’t want to be buried in f–king Forest Lawn,” Osbourne said about the popular celebrity cemetery. “I’m English. I want to be back. But saying that, if my wife said we’ve got to go and live in Timbuktu, I’ll go. But, no, it’s just time for me to come home.”
The “Iron Man” singer has faced debilitating health issues over the past few years. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which has caused him to be unstable on his feet. In 2019, a bathroom fall left him in excruciating pain and the side effects of a neck surgery made him unable to perform.
He said that the pandemic and subsequent worldwide lockdown was a great equalizer for him. “When that happened I was like: ‘This is all right – I can’t f–king work anyway and now neither can anybody else,” he commented. “So I’ll just go along with it. And when it comes back to working again, I’ll be OK.’ Little did I f–king know.”
His latest album, Patient Number 9, features anti-vaxxer Eric Clapton, who claimed that subliminal messaging was being used to encourage the masses to get vaccinated, and has been effectively canceled by the music industry.
“Whatever the memo was, it hadn’t reached me,” Clapton said during a YouTube interview. “Then I started to realize there was really a memo, and a guy, Mattias Desmet [a psychology professor], talked about it. And it’s great. The theory of mass formation hypnosis. And I could see it then. Once I kind of started to look for it, I saw it everywhere.”
Osbourne was ambivalent when asked if he was unhappy about the guitarist’s vocal aversion to the COVID-19 vaccine. “My daughter’s the same, Aimee, my oldest,” he remarked. “Live in LA for a few years.”