Ozzy Osbourne reveals he stopped taking acid after a horse told him to 'f*** off'

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By Carina Murphy

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Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he stopped taking acid thanks to the wise words of... a horse.

In an interview with Classic Rock, the now-73-year-old Black Sabbath legend looked back on his wild youth in the 1970s and recalled the reason he stopped taking certain psychedelic drugs.

While reflecting on his history with drugs, Osbourne described a time he and his Black Sabbath bandmates had spent time in Los Angeles while recording their fourth album, Vol. 4.

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"We lived together in a house in Los Angeles, rehearsed there, did loads of drugs, and made an album: simple," he recalled, adding: "Those were good times."

The rocker went on to say that they took a lot of one drug in particular - acid. "At that time in America, people were very fond of lacing your drinks with acid," he explained. "I didn't care. I used to swallow handfuls of tabs at a time."

Despite his fondness for the drug, Osbourne said that his acid habit didn't last long after he returned home to the UK.

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"The end of it came when we got back to England," he told the magazine. "I took 10 tabs of acid then went for a walk in a field. I ended up standing there talking to this horse for about an hour. In the end, the horse turned round and told me to f*** off.

"That was it for me."

This is not the first time Osbourne has opened up about his lifelong struggle with drugs. Last year, the iconic rocker told Variety about his history of substance abuse, saying: "I should have been dead 1,000 times."

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"I’ve always been self-medicating because I’ve never liked the way I felt. I’ve had great success in my life, but I’ve never felt great about myself. And so, from a very early age, I used to sniff fumes, all kinds of things, anything to get me out of my head," he admitted.

Osbourne - who has now been sober for around eight years - went on to say that though he never thought he'd be able to get beat his substance abuse issues.

"You know if you don’t recover, you know exactly what it’s going to do there," he said, adding: "It's not a happy ending."

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Ozzy Osbourne reveals he stopped taking acid after a horse told him to 'f*** off'

vt-author-image

By Carina Murphy

Article saved!Article saved!

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he stopped taking acid thanks to the wise words of... a horse.

In an interview with Classic Rock, the now-73-year-old Black Sabbath legend looked back on his wild youth in the 1970s and recalled the reason he stopped taking certain psychedelic drugs.

While reflecting on his history with drugs, Osbourne described a time he and his Black Sabbath bandmates had spent time in Los Angeles while recording their fourth album, Vol. 4.

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Ozzy Osbourne and his daughter Kelly Osbourne. Credit: AFF / Alamy

"We lived together in a house in Los Angeles, rehearsed there, did loads of drugs, and made an album: simple," he recalled, adding: "Those were good times."

The rocker went on to say that they took a lot of one drug in particular - acid. "At that time in America, people were very fond of lacing your drinks with acid," he explained. "I didn't care. I used to swallow handfuls of tabs at a time."

Despite his fondness for the drug, Osbourne said that his acid habit didn't last long after he returned home to the UK.

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Credit: PA Images / Alamy

"The end of it came when we got back to England," he told the magazine. "I took 10 tabs of acid then went for a walk in a field. I ended up standing there talking to this horse for about an hour. In the end, the horse turned round and told me to f*** off.

"That was it for me."

This is not the first time Osbourne has opened up about his lifelong struggle with drugs. Last year, the iconic rocker told Variety about his history of substance abuse, saying: "I should have been dead 1,000 times."

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Everett Collection Inc / Alamy

"I’ve always been self-medicating because I’ve never liked the way I felt. I’ve had great success in my life, but I’ve never felt great about myself. And so, from a very early age, I used to sniff fumes, all kinds of things, anything to get me out of my head," he admitted.

Osbourne - who has now been sober for around eight years - went on to say that though he never thought he'd be able to get beat his substance abuse issues.

"You know if you don’t recover, you know exactly what it’s going to do there," he said, adding: "It's not a happy ending."

Featured Image Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy