British rocker Ozzy Osbourne is fleeing the United States because he doesn’t want to “die in America” from gun violence.
The Black Sabbath singer told The Guardian that he’s permanently moving back to the United Kingdom after spending upwards of twenty years in Southern California.
“Everything’s f–king ridiculous there. I’m fed up with people getting killed every day,” he explained. “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–king crazy.”
“And I don’t want to die in America. I don’t want to be buried in fucking Forest Lawn,” Osbourne, 73, said about the famous Hollywood cemetary. “I’m English. I want to be back.”
Osbourne’s health has been in decline over the last few years, he suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which led to a bathroom fall in 2019 that left his neck in shambles. He has been unable to perform for years, but underwent back surgery this year and managed to take the stage for the closing ceremony of his hometown Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games in early August.
“I said to Sharon: ‘I can’t f–king perform.’ She said: ‘Are you sure?’ And I thought about it, and I thought: ‘F–k it, I’m gonna go for it.’ It’s one song – and I’ve sung it every f–king night for the last 55 years, so it’s not like I’m going to forget the f–king words,” he remarked.
In the same interview, his wife, former talk show host Sharon Osbourne, pointed out that they’re not leaving the United States over the “Iron Man” singer’s failing health, but the decline of the country.
“It’s just time. America has changed so drastically,” she said. “It isn’t the United States of America at all. Nothing’s united about it. It’s a very weird place to live right now.”