“I know that I’ve had to make some controversial moves, which I know that a lot of people don’t like, a lot of fans don’t like,” Ward said. “And they’re saying, ‘Why can’t Bill just show up and play?’ I don’t expect them to understand why I’ve had to take the actions [that I took]. I think had they walked a mile in my shoes, or even half, or even a third of a mile in my shoes, perhaps they would have a better understanding of why I’ve had to come to the decisions that I’ve made.”
He continued: “I’m quite clear about what it is that I need in order for me to perform in BLACK SABBATH, and I’ve made it very clear to every single person; it’s about as clear as day can get.
“If I get to say anything, I would reach out to the fans’ hearts and say it’s not my intention to hurt anybody or cause you dismay or to break your hearts. I’ve got a broken heart, too, in all this. It’s not that I want to purposely, or deliberately, hurt you or create anguish or anything else. I know there’s a lot of people that have been very depressed and upset. And all the Ozzy fans think that Bill Ward sucks, and some of the Bill Ward fans think that Ozzy sucks. And it’s terrible having that kind of a division throughout. And, you know, I welcome all the Ozzy fans. They can think that I suck, if they want, but I still love them just the same. My heart’s got enough love in it to know that, it’s okay, guys. I can really appreciate that you’re really upset.”
Ward went on to say: “I really have no real resentments or ax to grind. Some things have happened, and I had to make some very life-serving decisions. And anybody in my position would probably have done exactly the same thing. So it’s easy to find fault with people when you’re not living in the same boats, or living in the same boots, or living in the same body.”
He added: “I don’t wanna be critical of anybody. But I just love all our SABBATH fans. I think they’ve put up with a heck of a lot, and they’ve had to be very, very patient, and sometimes they’ve become impatient, so… I just love ’em all, man, and I think they’re all really, really special guys — everybody, really special. I think they’re all incredible.”