By Stephen M. Silverman
December 01, 2003 01:00 AM

In a frank newspaper interview in London, Ozzy Osbourne admits he was sexually abused as a schoolboy in central England but was too scared to tell his parents about it — and that he later needed counseling to come to terms with it.

“I was sexually abused as a kid,” the MTV patriarch, 54, said in an interview splashed across three pages of the Daily Mirror. “Two boys used to wait for me to come home after school. … They felt me and touched me. It became a regular thing on the way home from school — it seemed to go on forever.”

As for keeping the matter to himself, he said: “When I was a kid, people did not talk about these things like they do know. … I worked it out with a therapist.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the former Black Sabbath frontman said he cleaned up his wild ways with drink and drugs after an ultimatum from his wife, Sharon, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002.

“She left me for four days,” he said. “I think I have had one glass of wine since.”

He also said that alcohol exacerbates a hereditary condition that has given him a noticeable tremor, which he currently controls with medication. “Now I am only taking two pills three times a day and I feel a hell of a lot better for it,” he said.

As for his newfound success and public acceptance, he tells the paper, “I have a had an incredible life. I am 55 on Dec. 3 — how I survived is a miracle.”