Ozzy Osbourne says he has stopped living in the United States due to gun violence. The iconic Black Sabbath lead singer and English-born TV personality announced his reason for leaving the US in a recent interview with The Guardian, saying the violence is “f***ing crazy”.
In the interview, published on Sunday, the couple shared that they will return to the UK in February. His 1920s Los Angeles mansion, the Hancock Park estate, has been on the market for $18 million since July, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Osbourne’s wife, Sharon, a TV personality in her own right who co-hosted CBS’s daytime show The Talk from 2010 to 2021, told The Guardian that “it’s just time” for the couple to return to the UK
“America has changed so drastically. It’s not the United States of America at all,” he said. “Nothing is tied together about it. It’s a very strange place to live right now.”
Ozzy chimed in, saying much less subtly that the famous couple is leaving due to the rampant gun violence that continues to plague the nation.
“Everything is fucking ridiculous there. I’m sick of people dying every day,” he said. “God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was this mass shooting in Las Vegas at that concert… It’s crazy.”
He went on to say that he doesn’t “want to die in America” and be buried in Forest Lawn, a Hollywood cemetery where many celebrities have been buried, including Lucille Ball, Freddie Prinze, Paul Walker and Brittany Murphy, according to People.
“I am English. I want to go back. But saying that, if my wife says we have to move to Timbuktu, I will go,” he said. “But, no, it’s just time for me to come home.”
The couple plan to return to their 350-acre estate and Grade II listed Welders House.
Gun violence has only intensified in the US. In the first year of the pandemic, gun deaths increased by aaccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 35% increase from 2019 to 2020. Also in 2020, firearms became the leading cause of death among children.
So far in 2022, there have been almost 29,500 deaths due to gun violence, according to the monitoring group Gun Violence Archive. About 46% of those deaths were unintentional homicides, murders or shootings, while the rest were suicides.
There have also been 450so far this year, defined as a single incident in which four or more people are shot to death and 19 mass murders, a single incident in which or more depending on the file.