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Sharon Osbourne Reflects on Ozzy’s Past Substance Abuse — and What Took Her ’25 Years to Actually Realize’

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Sharon Osbourne is opening up about her years-long support of her husband Ozzy, who has battled substance abuse.

During Wednesday’s episode of The Talk, 64-year-old Osbourne spoke about the moment she realized she couldn’t make her husband stop using drugs and alcohol.

“It was an incident a few years back when my husband called me up and he said … ‘I want you to know that I’m back drinking,’ ” she recalled. “And I just said, ‘Hey, do what you’ve gotta do. Knock yourself out. See you later. Bye.’ ”

Osbourne continued: “And he told me that when I did that he was so shocked by it. He was really, like, taken back by my attitude that he thought again before he took another drink — however he still did. But it … shocked him.”

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The Osbournes recently reconciled their 33-year marriage after splitting in May amid reports that 67-year-old Ozzy had an affair with his hairstylist. Rumors circulated that Ozzy’s struggles with sobriety played a part in the split, but the Black Sabbath singer told E! News in May that his past substance abuse problems had nothing to do with the breakup.

“I have been sober for three and a quarter years,” Ozzy told E! News. “I have not touched drugs or alcohol in that time. Any reports that I am not sober are completely inaccurate.”

In April 2013, Ozzy announced on Facebook that he was, then, 44-days sober and “trying to be a better person.”

Now, Osbourne is revealing her side of the struggle, noting during The Talk that it took her years to come to terms with the fact that Ozzy needed to get better for himself.

“It took me years and years to actually realize that I would think ‘I can fix it, I can do it. Because I love him so much,’ ” she said. ” ‘I can make my husband stop using drugs and alcohol. He’ll do it for me. I know he’ll do it.’ And then it took me a good 25 years to actually realize that you can’t do a damn thing. Nothing.”

She added: “They say that you can’t get better until you find your spiritual health. It’s, like, the major part.”