Hi, I'm Ozzy Osbourne, I'm an alcoholic

Ozzy Osbourne.
Ozzy Osbourne.

OZZY Osbourne refuses to be treated like a celebrity when he attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

The 65-year-old rocker relapsed into drug and alcohol abuse earlier this year after seven years of sobriety, but he is now once again clean and attends as many AA meetings as he can to help him stay on the wagon.

However, Ozzy admits it's difficult to attend the support group meet-ups because he is recognised by many other recovering addicts.

He said: "I went to one and this guy came up and said, 'I've always wanted to be at a meeting with Ozzy Osbourne.' So I said to him, 'Hey, when I'm in this room I'm no better than you, because if we go out and have a drink, we're f**king both dead, so let's leave it at that.' "

The Black Sabbath star also refuses to take photographs with fellow attendees who happen to be fans because he feels it would inappropriate.

In an interview with NME magazine, Ozzy explained: "If someone asks for a photograph I'll say no, because I'm not there to do photographs - I'm there to save my f**king life! I feel like an a*****e but if you do one, you've got to do 15. It's not my ego, it's my life."

Ozzy's wife Sharon, 61, was furious when she discovered the extent of his relapse - which included drinking and abusing amphetamines, Ritalin, valium and sleeping pills - and threatened to end their 32-year marriage if he didn't get clean.

The rock legend, who briefly lived apart from Sharon earlier this year as he battled his demons, says he totally agreed with her drastic ultimatum.

Ozzy - who has three children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack, with Sharon - said: "I thought I was gonna lose my family at one point.

"She just said, 'Look, I've got my own thing going on and I can't deal with you any more. Get the f**k out, sort yourself out, then we'll talk.' I don't blame her in the slightest."

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