Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne has earned himself quite the reputation for debauchery and mayhem in his heyday, establishing him as a legendary figure in heavy metal. But these days, Ozzy lives life a little easier, but he still shows up in popular music and culture, like his various collaborations with pop megastar Post Malone. The former Black Sabbath frontman most recently appeared in the humorous video for “The Funeral” by rising British pop/rockstar Yungblud, in which he and his wife Sharon run the young musician over with their car. As it turns out, proper vehicle safety wasn’t the only thing Osbourne discussed with Yungblud.
In an interview with NME, Yungblud said that the two musicians discussed an incident in which Twitter users criticized Yungblud for spitting beer on the crowd. Unsurprisingly, Osbourne understood where the 24-year-old singer was coming from:
“I was speaking to him about what happened on Twitter, and he said, ‘If you want to spit beer on the audience, do it, as long as you do it with love’”.
Osbourne followed up that piece of advice with another, more general, nugget, says Yungblud.
“He said, ‘Never apologize for anything. They will understand you later. Time always tells.’”
Yungblud didn’t just leave with a few pieces of wisdom from the Ozzman. In the same interview, Yungblud shares Osbourne’s endorsement, while also challenging the idea that the heavy metal OG is incoherent or not sound of mind.
“People think [Ozzy] is kind of… gone, but he’s not. He’s so intelligent and so fucking beautiful. People are scared of him until they hear him speak. He said that he saw a lot of himself in me.”
Ozzy’s comments and “The Funeral” precede the release of Yungblud, the musician’s eponymous third album, which is slated for September release.
Earlier this year, Sharon Osbourne said that Ozzy’s latest album would be coming that same month, though details are still scarce.