Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne has reflected on his foray into reality TV along with his family, dubbing the period of The Osbournes akin to ‘Beatlemania’.
For those in need of a cheat sheet, Beatlemania was first used in connection with the fan frenzy attached to The Beatles, who were regularly confronted with hordes of screaming, die-hard followers.
So we can see the comparison, seeing as Ozzy and his family were catapulted to a new level of fame during their reality TV series, The Osbournes, which was one of the first fly-on-the-wall series that are oh-so plentiful these days.
The singer, along with wife Sharon, and children Kelly and Jack, starred in MTV’s The Osbournes from 2002 to 2005 and, appearing in GQ’s January/February 2021 issue after winning the lifetime achievement award at GQ’s Men Of The Year Awards this week, Ozzy was asked if he worried about the programme affecting his rockstar status.
You know, would it bust his bat-eating street cred and all that.
The Prince Of Darkness said of the show: ‘I don’t understand what people saw in it. It wasn’t scripted. Not like [Keeping Up With The] Kardashians. I find it hard to believe that’s not scripted.
‘But we just had a camera crew in our house 24/7, 365 days a year, and you end up going f*****g nuts. You can’t run off.
‘And after three years of filming it the kids were all on drugs, Sharon was battling cancer and so I said to the family, “Do we want to carry on?” and they said, “No,” so we pulled it.’
Osbourne, 71, was also asked if he had any regrets about doing The Osbournes – which his oldest daughter Aimee, chose not to appear in.
He said: ‘I’m glad we did it because we reached a different level of fame. But it was like Beatlemania. It wasn’t fun. I remember going to a McDonald’s to use the bathroom and everyone started chasing me around the car park. I was freaked out.’
Elsewhere in the chat, Ozzy, who earlier this year revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, said Sir Elton John is in touch with his wife regularly.
He explained: ‘Every single week Elton John calls my wife. I’m not one to hang out with this one and that one but he’s become a family friend.’
Alongside Ozzy, Star Wars actor John Boyega, actress Michaela Coel and England footballer Marcus Rashford were among the other stars honoured at GQ’s annual awards event.
Hosted by Jack Whitehall on Thursday, the virtual event also saw Formula One star Lewis Hamilton honoured with the game changer prize.
The January/February 2021 issue of GQ is available via digital download and on newsstands from December 4.
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