Ozzy Osbourne has confessed to recently suffering a year-and-a-half long alcohol and drug abuse relapse, in a shockingly open and personal post on his official Facebook page.

Osbourne's struggles with addiction have been widely reported and acknowledged throughout his career. The 2011 documentary 'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,' directed by his son Jack, served primarily as a celebration of the singer's hard-fought-for sober lifestyle.

This statement comes as rumors of a separation between Osbourne and his wife Sharon circulate in the press, and with the singer on the verge of releasing the first album with his original group, Black Sabbath, in over 35 years. Happily, the rock legend reports that he is 44 days sober, and promises he and his wife are not splitting up. We commend Osbourne on his bravery and wish him the best in his ongoing battle.

Here is Osbourne's statement in full:

For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an a--hole 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.

God Bless,


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