Geezer Butler Claps Back at Ozzy Osbourne’s Recent Accusation

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Ozzy Osbourne made quite a stir this week when he attacked his Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler in a Rolling Stone UK interview.

During the conversation, Osbourne expressed his deep frustration and disappointment with Butler over the fact that (as Ozzy claimed), Butler hasn’t made any attempt to contact him during the singer’s recent health struggles. Per Ozzy:

“You do find out who’s a genuine friend when you’ve been through what I’ve had… Tony Iommi has been so supportive of me since my illness… Geezer Butler hasn’t given me one fucking phone call. Not one fucking call.

When his son was fucking born, I phoned him every fucking night even though we were at war with each other, Black Sabbath and me [after his sacking]. I thought, ‘Fuck it, he’s my mate, I’m gonna call him.’ But from him, not one fucking call.

It’s sad, man. We all grew up together, and he can’t pick up the fucking phone like a man and see how I’m doing. Even Bill Ward has been in touch with me. I said some things about Bill, and I don’t know why I said it, but when I came through my illness, he contacted me.

I’m not in shock, I’m just very fucking sad that he can’t just call me after all this time and say, ‘How you doing?’ Fucking arsehole.”

Now, Geezer has taken to his Instagram to defend himself. Per Butler’s post below, he claims that he’s actually made two separate attempts to reach out to Osbourne since news of his health troubles first arose in 2019, both of which went unanswered:

“Rumour has it; Ozzy is upset, saying he never received my get well messages. I made 2 different attempts at getting in touch during his illnesses. My first email (8 Feb, 2019) went through his office because I didn’t have Ozzy’s new number to text him. Sharon responded but I didn’t hear back from Ozzy.

11 months later (21 Jan, 2020), I emailed Sharon to check on Oz. That email went unanswered. I don’t want to engage in a tit for tat. Having made 2 attempts to wish Ozzy well , without a reply, I figured it best to privately keep him in my thoughts.”


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Regardless of what’s going on here, we hope the two legends can cast it aside and rebuild an important friendship.