Osbourne’s son tells how they finally persuaded him to stop drinking, and how much he respects new Prince of Darkness

Ozzy and Jack Osbourne

Respect: Ozzy and Jack Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne’s son Jack says he has great respect for the new man the Prince of Darkness has become – but it took a massive fight to set him on the road to improvement.

The former Black Sabbath singer was finally persuaded to stop drinking five years ago when Jack confronted him about his bad parenting.

And now the moviemaker wants the world to understand his father isn’t the “bumbling messed-up character” the world thinks he is.

Osbourne Jr, one of Ozzy’s three children, tells the BBC: “I told him, ‘You claim you’re this great guy, which you’re not. We, as kids, have never had to go without or want for anything. But we need a dad.’

“I think that’s what rang a bell with him. That was the inspiration he needed – and he’s been sober and clean for five years now.

“He’s changed so much; he’s become a new man who I respect.”

Jack made the documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne about his father’s history and new outlook in a bid to change people’s perceptions about the rock star. The movie was originally called Wreckage of my Past.

He says: “Just because you have all the things you want physically, you still need the emotional background of a father. It’s not class specific – it doesn’t mean that just because you have money that’s automatically what’s going to happen.

“I think that’s something a lot of people can relate to.”

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