Ozzy Osbourne, the heavy metal singer, has admitted that he is obsessed with soft rocker Phil Collins.
In stark contrast to his own music, one of the Black Sabbath vocalist's favourite songs is Collins's 1981 hit In The Air Tonight.
The 60-year-old drove his wife Sharon, the television personality, mad by repeatedly playing the track at their home.
The former X Factor judge said: "He played it so often that I would get the CD and throw it away but he went out and bought another one."
Her husband added: "We're the reason he sold so many albums. That drum fill is the best ever – it still sounds awesome. We love Phil Collins."
The disclosure is likely to surprise fans of Osbourne, whose own musical offerings have earned him the nicknames "Godfather of Heavy Metal" and "Prince of Darkness".
In the Air Tonight was the first single of Collins's solo career and appeared on the album, Face Value.
At the time of its release, it made it to Number 2 in the British singles chart but the track has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity since it appeared on the Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate advert featuring a drumming gorilla.
Sharon Osbourne said she would thrown Phil Collins' CDs away but her husband would just buy another.
© telegraph.co.uk, by Murray Wardrop