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Ozzy Osbourne Slams Geezer Butler For Not Reaching Out To Him Amid His Health Woes (Updated)


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Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has publicly lamented the state of his relationship with his ex-Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler. Speaking recently with the UK edition of Rolling Stone, the 74-year-old Osbourne revealed he has taken issue with the lack of contact he’s had with the aforementioned bassist amid his own much-publicized health struggles.

Osbourne attributed it to a falling out between their respective wives, Sharon Osbourne and Gloria Butler—both of whom serve as the managers of their respective significant others. Osbourne‘s continued health issues include nerve damage and complications with his mobility.

The chief cause of that was the injuries he sustained during a 2019 late night fall that dislodged several steel rods previously inserted into him following a 2003 ATV accident. The resulting surgeries and complications from trying to repair the damage suffered in that fall left him with undesirable side effects he has yet to overcome.

According to Osbourne, his decades-long struggle with PRKN 2, a form of Parkinson’s Disease, has played a much lesser part in his recent health woes. Speaking of his condition to the aforementioned publication and his subsequent relationship with Butler, Osbourne relayed:

“You do find out who’s a genuine friend when you’ve been through what I’ve had. Tony Iommi has been so supportive of me since my illness. Geezer Butler hasn’t given me one fucking phone call. Not one fucking call. When his son was fucking born, I phoned him every fucking night even though we were at war with each other, Black Sabbath and me [Ozzy was fired from the band]. I thought, ‘Fuck it, he’s my mate, I’m gonna call him.’ But from him, not one fucking call.

It’s sad, man. We all grew up together, and he can’t pick up the fucking phone like a man and see how I’m doing. Even Bill Ward has been in touch with me. I said some things about Bill, and I don’t know why I said it, but when I came through my illness, he contacted me.”

“I’m not in shock, I’m just very fucking sad that he can’t just call me after all this time and say, ‘How you doing?’ Fucking arsehole.”

When asked why their relationship is strained, he offered:

“His wife and my wife had a falling-out! But that’s got fucking nothing to do with me. Are you really going to hide behind your wife’s skirt because of that?”

Update: November 26th, 2023 10:53am:

Geezer Butler himself has since responded to Ozzy‘s complaints, alleging that he never reached out to his ailing former bandmate. Speaking via social media yesterday, November 25th, Butler stated:

“Rumour has it; Ozzy is upset, saying he never received my get well messages. I made 2 different attempts at getting in touch during his illnesses. My first email (8 Feb, 2019) went through his office because I didn’t have Ozzy’s new number to text him. Sharon responded but I didn’t hear back from Ozzy.

11 months later (21 Jan, 2020), I emailed Sharon to check on Oz. That email went unanswered.

I don’t want to engage in a tit for tat. Having made 2 attempts to wish Ozzy well , without a reply, I figured it best to privately keep him in my thoughts.”

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