Ozzy Osbourne’s first TV interview since his major surgery shows he’s back on track

Ozzy Osbourne has been taking it easy this summer. His wife, Sharon Osbourne, announced that Ozzy would be having surgery in Los Angeles and that she was taking a month off from her “Talk UK” persona to be with him, per the Los Angeles Times. “It’s really going to define the rest of his life,” she explained at the time. What exactly was wrong with him, Sharon didn’t want to say.

However, weeks before the surgery, Ozzy gave an interview to Classic Rock magazine and claimed he was anxiously awaiting surgery to fix problems with his throat. “I can’t walk properly these days. I have physical therapy every morning. I’m a little better, but not nearly as much as I would like to be able to get back on the road,” he explained. Years earlier, in 2019, Ozzy suffered a dangerous fall that required more than a dozen needles to be placed in his back and neck, according to Page Six.

In June, Page Six published photos of the Osbournes leaving a Los Angeles hospital with Ozzy in a wheelchair. The outlet hinted that the surgery was a major operation to put the mobility pins back together in the rock star’s neck and back. Now, after a difficult recovery, Ozzy and Sharon are back in the spotlight and discussing the scary procedure that may have saved his career.

Things are looking good for Ozzy Osbourne

After undergoing extensive back and neck surgery, Ozzy Osbourne is doing better — but still has a long way to go, he revealed while appearing on Good Morning America with his wife Sharon Osbourne on Sept. 7. “I have to negotiate everywhere and get tired easily,” he said of the difficult recovery, adding that his family has been a supportive force.

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Osbourne’s health has been tough since he was diagnosed with variant Parkinson’s disease, which can cause long-term mobility problems. The progressing illness, coupled with a fall in 2019, required lengthy surgery that left the rock star with significant pain. “These metal plates were working their way out, the debris was rubbing against his spinal cord,” Sharon said of Osbourne’s quality of life prior to the recent surgery. “He would literally cry in pain some days.” Now, Osbourne told GMA, he can lift his head and his health has “improved significantly.”

Though he still has mobility issues, Ozzy has kept his focus heavily on his post-surgery career. In August, the former Black Sabbath frontman officiated the closing show of the Commonwealth Games, according to The Guardian. He only played one song and extensive measures were taken to ensure he would not trip or fall on stage. It was a tiring and fast-paced performance, but he hinted that better days were ahead. “I thought [performing would] That’ll never happen again,” he told the outlet. “But this show gave me a little bit of hope.”