(L) Greg Doherty / Getty Images, (R) @ozzyosbourne / Instagram
This week Ozzy Osbourne celebrated his 70th birthday, a milestone many (Ozzy included) never thought he’d reach. And given his colorful history of self-destructive behavior and decisions that can generally be filed under, “Maybe Don’t Do That?,” can you really blame them? Snorting ants, a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, an ATV accident – by all rights, all of these things should have killed Ozzy, but strangely enough it was an act of self-care that nearly did the rock legend in earlier this year.
Let’s back up.
Just a few months ago, Ozzy was forced to reschedule dates on his highly anticipated farewell tour (that isn’t actually a farewell tour, but that’s a story for another day) after a staph infection landed him in the hospital.
The Prince of Darkness ate all the ice cream he could stomach in between surgeries to remove the infection from his right hand, but questions remained as to how, exactly, Ozzy managed to come down with a staph infection in his hand of all places.
Now, we know; it all started with a manicure.
Before you laugh, realize that nail salons are a breeding ground for staph infections. If you’re nicked with dirty, contaminated tools or served by a technician who doesn’t follow state board mandated cleaning procedures for tools and pedicure bowls, you run the risk of contracting staph infections which, if left untreated, can absolutely be fatal.
The Sun Magazine reports sitting down with Ozzy, who gave them an update on his health and tour while he recovers.
“I’m having the best time of my life – apart from that f***ing thing with my thumb, and I didn’t realise that it was very dangerous,” he said. “I was in hospital for a couple of days and had emergency surgery, and I remember waking up in the morning and Sharon said: ‘What the f*** have you done to your hand?’
The funny thing is they reckon I got it from a manicure! It won’t stop me from heading to the UK in February.”
Unbelievable, right? Ozzy manages to survive everything he’s put his body through in the last 70 years and it’s a manicure – something people do for themselves to feel good and pamper themselves – that nearly does him in.
Either way, we’re pretty damned glad that he’s on the mend and ready to rock this New Year’s Eve!