Sad news to pass along today … it was reported yesterday that longtime marrieds Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have separated after their relationship, reportedly, suffered under the strain of financial problems. Additionally, Ozzy posted information on his official Facebook profile that suggests the couple’s problem may not entirely be related to money woes. Apparently, the pair have been living apart for some time now and while no reports of divorce are on the horizon, it’s not a good sign that the couple are choosing to live apart :(
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are reportedly living apart following financial strain placed on the couple by a huge tax bill. Reports out today (April 15) suggest that the couple are living in separate homes and making “no effort” to see one another around their own hectic work schedules. Ozzy is currently gearing up to release a new album with Black Sabbath and will subsequently tour the world with the band. The Mirror reports that a £1.1m tax bill the couple received in 2012 is behind the couple’s split and that he is currently staying in a rented mansion while Sharon Osbourne stays in a luxury hotel while their Beverly Hills home is being renovated. A source told the paper: “They have had plenty of chances to see each other, but don’t seem to have made any effort to do so.” Speaking about the financial situation the couple are reportedly facing, the same unnamed source said: “These were big bills, and it has been very difficult for both of them. As anyone who has watched them on TV will know, they’re no strangers to rows, but they’ve been under a lot of pressure recently. What makes things even harder for them is that they’ve both got huge work commitments for the rest of the year which stand in the way of them spending much time together.” The source adds: “It’s a shame because they really need some quality time to sort things out.”
But according to Ozzy himself, the couple’s problems seem to stem from the fact that he has fallen off the wagon and has been abusing drugs and alcohol again:
For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.
Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I’m just trying to be a better person.
I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my band mates for my insane behavior during this period………and my fans.
Ugh. This is so sad … especially if you consider how long the Osbournes have been together and if you consider how many pitfalls the couple’s relationship has endured over the course of their very long marriage. While I’m sure the money problems have caused strain on the couple, it sounds to me like Ozzy‘s substance abuse problems are at the heart of this split. It also sounds like Ozzy is back on track and I have hope that the couple can repair this rift. I’m pulling for these two … I really am.