This post deals with abuse and drug addiction and might be triggering for some readers.
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have been together for four decades. There’s been violence, drug and alcohol abuse, cheating – oh, and that time Ozzy tried to kill Sharon by strangling her. But somehow, they’re still together.
Sharon met Ozzy in 1970, when she was 17. Her father, Don Arden, was a notoriously intimidating music manager in London. She was working for him. Ozzy, four years older than her, was fronting up-and-coming heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
Sharon had grown up surrounded by violence. Not only would her father "whack" her or yank her hair, he was violent towards other people.
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"There was nothing unusual in seeing my dad threatening someone or brandishing a firearm," she shared on the show Shrink Rap.
Ozzy remembers the first time he met Sharon, at her father’s office.
"She probably thought I was a lunatic, standing there in my pyjama shirt, with no shoes and a hot-water tap on a piece of string around my neck," he wrote in his autobiography I Am Ozzy.