Ozzy Osbourne announced earlier this year that he would like to return to the United Kingdom after spending a long time in the United States.
As he deals with his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis, Osbourne has had several health scares this year and in the past. Because of previous injuries sustained in a car accident, the Black Sabbath vocalist underwent surgery.
In a recent interview with Consequence, Osbourne appeared to have changed his mind about returning to the United Kingdom permanently.
Osbourne confessed to the publication:
“To be honest with you, if I had my way, I’d stay in America. I’m American now.”
The 73-year-old singer went into greater detail about what prompted him and his wife, Sharon Osbourne, to make the decision to return to the United Kingdom in the first place. The couple was apparently scared because of Sharon’s controversial “The Talk” statements about racism.
“When my wife got called a racist on [The Talk], she is absolutely not a racist. Her friend is Piers Morgan. She didn’t say, ‘I agree with him’. She just respected his ability to have freedom of speech.”
He went on to say that because of the backlash they received due to Sharon’s outlandish statements, they had to hire armed security guards and everything else just to keep themselves safe and secure.
Ozzy revealed to The Guardian earlier this year that living in the United States no longer feels safe to him.
The singer said:
“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-ing crazy.”
In a Consequence interview, his wife, Sharon, reiterated their concerns about their safety in Los Angeles.
She opened up:
“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.”
The couple, who had recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, had been living in sunny Los Angeles since Ozzy was a member of Black Sabbath. They moved to the United States permanently decades ago and have been alternating between homes in Los Angeles and Buckinghamshire, England.