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Ozzy Osbourne has fortunately managed not to contract COVID-19, and he jokes he was able to do so thanks to a “friend” of his.

Osbourne says in a new interview with Metal Hammer, “My wife had the virus; my daughter had the virus and I never got it. Being a devil worshipper does have its good points!”

Obviously, The Prince of Darkness is very much kidding about devil worship being a way to fend off COVID-19. If anything, he probably doesn’t want to deal with another health issue. Ozzy has been dealing with various health issues since October 2018. Back then, he had to cancel his then remaining North American tour dates on his “No More Tours 2” farewell tour due to needing hand surgery to treat three staph infections in his right hand.

Things only got worse. In January 2019, Osbourne was diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection that resulted in the postponement of the entire European leg of “No More Tours 2.” The infection developed into pneumonia that landed Osbourne in the ICU in February 2019 which led to him postponing tour legs in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

In April 2019, all of Ozzy’s remaining tour dates that year were postponed following spine and neck surgery after he fell in his home in Los Angeles and aggravated old injuries he sustained from his 2003 ATV accident that nearly ended his life. The fall was so bad at one point doctors thought Ozzy would never walk again. After all of that, Ozzy would then go public in January 2020 about his years-long battle with Parkinson's disease.

And yet, in the face of all of that, Ozzy managed to record and release one of his best albums in years with 2020’s Ordinary Man. He’s currently hard at work on a follow-up and told Metal Hammer, “It’s going to be similar in tone to ‘Ordinary Man,’ but I can’t describe it completely. I’ve not heard it for a while because it keeps going over to the next person to add their parts – we’re f—ing around with it all the time.”

As previously reported, Osbourne’s new album will feature a number of guests including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi and Zakk Wylde.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.