Sharon Osbourne Explains Why She and Ozzy Are Leaving the US: “I Don’t Feel Safe Here”


In a new interview with Consequence, Sharon Osbourne—the wife and manager of Ozzy Osbourne—said that she and her husband are returning to their native England because she doesn’t feel safe in the United States, echoing comments Ozzy made over the summer. Saying that “California is not what it was,” Sharon explained her decision further:

“When I first came here, I thought I was in heaven. In the ‘70s, if you loved music, this was the place to be. It’s not that hub anymore. It’s not exciting anymore. It hasn’t gone sideways, it’s gone down. It’s not a fun place to live. It’s dangerous here. Every big city’s got crime, but I don’t feel safe here. Neither does Ozzy.”

In the same interview, Ozzy suggests that he’d prefer to stay if things were simpler:

“To be honest with you, if I had my way, I’d stay in America. I’m American now… to be honest with you, I don’t want to go back. Fuck that.”

While the move might have an effect on the logistics of touring or making appearances, Ozzy stresses that he doesn’t have any desire to stop performing and making music, despite his various health issues.

“I watched an interview on YouTube the other day, one of the Beatles, and he was saying when the Beatles decided to stop touring, it was okay for a while, but then you do an album and you miss that audience reaction. It’s kinda what happened with me. I did Ordinary Man, and I went back in and did Patient Number 9, and then you go, ‘What now?’ And that’s what strives me to keep going and makes me want to carry on. ‘You’ve achieved everything. What are you still doing it for?’”

He answers his own question in the same interview, suggesting that his best album doesn’t exist because he “hasn’t made it yet.” You’ll be able to learn all about the move when the Osbournes’ latest TV show airs.

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