Ozzy Osbourne Fires Back at Report Suggesting His Split From Sharon Is a Publicity Stunt
Ozzy Osbourne has done a lot of crazy things in his career, but the idea that he'd stage the breakup of his marriage in order to remain "relevant" is too much even for him. Radar Online incurred Osbourne's wrath by running a quote from Stephen Machat, a man described in its report as his "former manager." "I would put money on a publicity stunt. They’re on a Black Sabbath tour. She would do this in a minute. It’s propaganda," he's quoted as saying. "Sharon is clever enough to make a story that the press would read, so all of a sudden he becomes relevant again."
Stranger things have definitely happened, especially in the entertainment industry. But while Osbourne has declined to specifically address the allegations, he has offered a stern rebuttal saying Machat was never actually his manager — and claiming the two hardly even know one another.
"For the record, Mr. Machat NEVER managed me nor was he employed by me in any capacity at any time in my career," reads an update posted on Osbourne's Facebook account. "His representation of this is a categorical lie. I met him when he was hanging around the music industry in the early '80s, but haven’t seen him in at least 30 years. He’s a sad delusional relic from the '80s."
Whatever happens next in the Osbournes' separation saga, Ozzy's Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi doesn't seem to be taking any of it very seriously. "It’s nonsense, to be honest," he shrugged when the subject came up in an interview with the Guardian. "You never know what’s coming. God knows what I’ll read about him next – probably that he’s pregnant."
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