Top 12 Dark Facts About Black Sabbath That Are Tragic
Before Black Sabbath, metal was barely a thing. After Sabbath, metal was a lifestyle. But all those sinister lyrics and all that heavy riffing came from a dark place. This is the tragic real-life story of Black Sabbath.
Original and current Black Sabbath frontman John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne is known as much today for his unintelligibility, drug-addled debauchery, and bat-biting as for his asteroid-strike impact on popular music.
But the megastar did not have the easiest upbringing. He once told London’s Daily Mirror:
“Everything when you are a kid affects you in later life […] If you build a wall with rocky foundations you are going to have a pretty unstable wall when it’s finished.”
Not only was he born to a severely impoverished family in Birmingham, England, but he struggled in school due to dyslexia, according to CNN, and was routinely bullied and abused by neighborhood kids.
Without a friend to properly confide in, Ozzy turned to a life of petty crime and even attempted suicide to ease his pain, according to Sue Crawford in her biography, Ozzy Unauthorized. Fortunately, he has since gotten professional help to deal with the trauma. To this day, he attributes much of his ongoing struggles to the events of his childhood.