Ozzy Osbourne has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The news of the legendary heavy metal singer’s diagnosis was shared by his wife and manager Sharon earlier today (Thursday, April 28) on her new show “The Talk UK”.
“Ozzy was only diagnosed… It was, like, middle of the night [U.K.] time. I spoke to him and he’s okay,” she said in a clip uploaded by TMZ.
“I am very worried about Ozzy right now,” she added. “We’ve gone two years without him catching COVID and it’s just Ozzy‘s luck he would get it now.”
When asked what the first thing is that she will do when she flies back to Los Angeles from the UK, Sharon said: “[I will] hold him and kiss him with about three masks on, I think.
“My family is my life,” she added.
As for the fact that she will be missing her new show, she said: “I can’t believe my luck that I’m missing the show. I’ve only been there three days. I can’t believe it — three days and I’m missing the show. But I will be back. I know I will. It’ll take me a week to get my old man on his feet again and I will be back in a week.”
Speaking about how the rest of the Osbourne family is coping with Ozzy‘s diagnosis, Sharon said: “Unfortunately, he was diagnosed in the middle of the night — they’re all sleeping — so I haven’t spoken to them yet, but they’ll rally around. They’ll be with him.”
Regarding when people can expect to see her back on television, she said: “You’re gonna see me back on air in a week ’cause I know my husband… we’re gonna get him back on his feet and we’ re gonna get a negative test by next week.”
Sharon herself was diagnosed with COVID-19 in December 2020. At the time, she said she said she was hospitalized for the infectious disease for a short time and was isolating away from Ozzywho had tested negative.
In November 2020, prior to getting vaccinated for COVID-19, Ozzy told GQ magazine that he suffers from a respiratory disease which puts him at an increased risk of severe pneumonia and poor outcomes if he was to get infected with the novel coronavirus.
“I’ve got emphysema, so if I get this virus, I’m fucked,” he said, referring to the type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) lung disease that makes it hard to breathe and gets worse over time.
Ozzy previously joked that Satan helped him ward off COVID-19 for the first two years of the pandemic. “My wife had the virus; my daughter had the virus and I never got it,” he told Metal Hammer magazine last October. “Being a devil worshiper does have its good points.”
In February 2021, Ozzy confirmed he received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, saying he “felt relieved” to get the jab.
Ozzy‘s COVID-19 diagnosis comes just one day after Sharon told Piers Morgan during an interview on his new show “Uncensored” that Ozzy is “dying to come home” to the UK
“He’s doing okay. He sends you his love,” Sharon said of the 73-year-old musician. “He’s got one more operation left to do and then he’s dying to come back home.”
In January 2020, Ozzy revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He has also been suffering debilitating mobility issues following a recent back and neck surgery.
Ozzy has had other health battles in recent years, including the flu, pneumonia, a life-threatening staph infection in his thumb and a nasty fall.