“Lita Ford – Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir” is set to hit bookshelves later this month, and will see Lita opening up about her experiences on the 80’s music scene, including detailing her relationship with BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi.
According to the New York Post, Ford writes about her allegedly abusive relationship with Iommi, which began soon after she opened for BLACK SABBATH.
Lita writes: “He seemed so charming, confident and handsome. I would later find out that looks are deceiving.”
Ford’s relationship with Iommi allegedly began with a failed attempt at sex as he was “too high” on cocaine.
Ford says: “He was impotent from his constant drug use, and he was very embarrassed. I felt bad for him and didn’t really know what to do. Eventually, I got him off.”
The BLACK SABBATH guitarist would invite Ford to England to meet his “mum”, where Lita writes about the plane trip to England when Iommi “out of nowhere… hauled off and punched me in the eye.”
Ford had planned to return to Los Angeles when they landed, however decided to stay, “like a moron,” after Iommi acted like nothing had happened.
Ford goes on to claim that she later learned that domestic violence ran in Iommi’s family, and says that Iommi physically abused her four or five times during the course of the relationship.
Ford went on to describe one particular incident that happened shortly after the couple got engaged: “After snorting tons of blow, he got angry and choked me unconscious. When I woke up, I saw him holding a chair above my head. It was a big, heavy leather chair with studs around the arms, and he was about to smash it over my face. I rolled over, and luckily I moved fast enough that he missed me and the chair smashed into the ground.”
“Lita Ford – Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir” will be released on February 23 via Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.