Heartbreaking Details About The Osbourne Family Revealed


The Osbournes are one of the most famous families, with their crazy antics appearing all over the press. Through the hardest of times they have stuck together, even though it proved a struggle throughout the years.

Ozzy’s First Marriage

Although Ozzy and Sharon’s relationship was plastered all over tabloids, it was not Ozzy’s first marriage. In 1971, Ozzy met his first wife Thelma Riley and were married the same year. He produced two children from his marriage to Thelma named Jessica and Louis and then adopted Thelma’s son Elliot.

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A Troubled Time

Ozzy described his marriage to Thelma as “a terrible mistake” as he battled substance abuse throughout. This, together with his constant touring with Black Sabbath, took its toll on the rock star’s family life which appeared to spiral downwards. His children with Thelma later admitted that he was not a good father. In response to this, the 2011 documentary film God Bless Ozzy Osbourne was produced by his son, Jack, showed Ozzy saying how he couldn’t remember Jessica or Louis being born.

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Meeting Sharon

Ozzy first met Sharon Arden when she was just 18-years-old. Sharon was the daughter of Black Sabbath’s manager Don Arden, but in 1979 when Ozzy was fired from the band by Don, Sharon flew to Los Angeles to meet Ozzy and began managing his career. Though it began as a business relationship, the two started dating and were later married in 1982 in an intimate ceremony in Maui, Hawaii on July 4th. Ozzy later stated he married Sharon on Independence Day so he never forgets his anniversary!

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The Osbourne Kids

On September 2nd, 1983, Sharon and Ozzy welcomed first daughter Aimee, followed by second daughter, Kelly, in October 1984 and Jack in November, 1985. Together with their biological children, they took in their family friend’s son who was in his teens when they had started to film their reality show on MTV. Robert Marcato became a member of the Osbourne clan when his mother had died of cancer. Although Sharon and Ozzy never adopted Robert, he was seen as a part of their family.

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Trouble In Paradise

In 1989, the Osbournes hit a low point in their marriage. After years of domestic abuse claims, Ozzy returned home after a drunken night out performing at a music festival, walked into the house and said to Sharon “I’ve decided you have to go” and then proceeded to try and strangle her. After feeling scared, Sharon went on to call the police but later decided not to press charges against her husband for his drunk and abusive actions.

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Ozzy Goes To Rehab

When Sharon recalled the situation, it turned out that in his drunken stupor, Ozzy had tried to kill Sharon and was put in jail overnight for it. Following a court-mandated separation for the couple, Ozzy went to rehab to try and take control of his addictions and prevent any situations like that happening again. Following rehab, he has an AA sponsor in the states who constantly reminds him to not let his ego get in the way of his meetings.

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Sharon’s Weight Battle

The demise of her marriage and relationship with Ozzy took its toll on Sharon, who gained weight while coming to terms with everything. After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, Sharon lost 100 pounds but later admitted she felt like a ‘cheat’ having the surgery. She stated that she did not lose the weight in a healthy way and was throwing up constantly as she couldn’t keep her food down. Since the weight loss, Sharon reported that she had the band removed from her stomach.

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‘The Osbournes’

In 2002, MTV green lit a reality show featuring the Osbourne family. In its first season, it was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV. The show ran for three years and documented the daily lives of the family. Further to the immediate family, Jack and Kelly’s close friend Robert Marcato also featured and was later taken in by the family, as well as Sharon’s executive assistant and kids’ nanny, Melinda who was often seen getting Jack out of bed while he berated her.

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Reality Rudeness

The MTV reality show became known for its profanity and outrageous antics from the Osbourne family. In the United States, the swear words were censored during the broadcasting while the UK and Canada were uncensored, leaving audiences fully aware of what they were saying. Ozzy commented on the censorship stating that while he appreciated the UK and Canada’s version of the show, he preferred the censored US version as the swearing was more noticeable from the bleeps put in place of the profanity.

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The Other Osbourne Child

While it is commonly known that Ozzy and Sharon have children Jack and Kelly who made it big in their own right after the success of their MTV reality show, many people forget about their eldest daughter, Aimee. Aimee declined when asked to appear on the reality show with the rest of her family as she was trying to start a music career and thought it would damage her credibility and chances of making it on her own.

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Aimee Osbourne

Having shied away from the limelight and presence of her famous family, Aimee had numerous attempts at trying to launch her music career. In 2010, she began recording and releasing music under the name ARO. Rather than using her full name, she chose to be known by her initials to separate herself from her family and the media circus surrounding their hectic and scrutinized lives. On her parents, Aimee had reportedly expressed her discomfort at her parents’ behavior on the reality show.

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Different Feelings

The Osbourne’s may have made a name for themselves individually by doing their reality TV show, but eldest daughter, Aimee had very different feelings towards being under the watchful eye of the public. While the show featured the family as a close-knit group, things were once again very different for Aimee, and life for the Osbourne clan is not all happy families. When speaking of her siblings, she stated, “I wouldn’t say there is an ease between us, but there is an acceptance. Do we socialise? No.”

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‘Changes’

The success of the Osbourne’s reality show saw the whole family embark on new career paths. Kelly was trying to start a music career and with the help of her dad, they re-recorded the 1972 Black Sabbath song “Changes.” Despite the original song not being a hit with the fans, the reimagined version with Kelly and Ozzy went to the number one spot in the UK music charts, leading the father-daughter duo to create a music video to pair with the song.

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Sharon’s Cancer Battle

In 2002, Sharon revealed her battle with colorectal cancer which became aggressive and spread that same summer. She spoke openly of the traumatic experience, stating, “You think nothing will ever happen to you. You’re invincible. Then after you get over the shock and panic, you realize how lucky you are to be alive.” The Osbournes’ reality show dealt with the issues surrounding Sharon’s cancer and the support of her family which kept her going throughout treatment.

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Kelly’s Struggle

2002 was also a tough year for Kelly Osbourne. While she was filming the show with her family, it was reported that she was taking masses of prescription drugs daily which led to an addiction. She later admitted ‘I was taking 50 pills a day’ and the issue arose after she was prescribed Vicodin at age 13 after a routine operation to remove her tonsils. In 2004, Kelly entered the Malibu rehab facility Promises after checking in for a painkiller addiction.

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Kelly’s Relapse

Ozzy and Sharon only found out about Kelly’s drug addiction when they saw photos of her buying drugs and after searching her room, found around 500 pills scattered around. After her stint at Promises in Malibu, in 2004, Kelly relapsed and the following June she checked into Las Encinas Hospital, a drug treatment center in California. Another four years later, in 2009, Kelly found herself in rehab again, staying for 30-days and admitting this was the first rehab stay which helped her.

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The Sharon Osbourne Show

With all the success of their reality show and the Osbourne family constantly hitting tabloid headlines, Sharon was given her own talk show in 2003. The show ran on various channels in the United States before later being brought over to the UK. Despite her popularity, the show was quickly cancelled due to poor ratings and being panned by critics for focusing far too much on her family and being somewhat of an extension of their reality show.

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Not Just Flipping People Off

Sharon has found more success as a talk show host on The Talk, as well as appearing several times as a judge on the UK version of the X Factor. The outspoken star is also making millions by flipping homes in Los Angeles and selling them to other celebrities. Osbourne admits, “What most people don’t know about me is that I flip houses, and I’m damn good at it. Most people don’t know how to get their max price, but I do because I’m Sharon f–king Osbourne.”

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Staged Show

For the outrageous antics in their show, many people questioned whether The Osbournes was staged. The suspicions were partially confirmed by Jack and Kelly who stated that some scenarios were staged by producers. In one case, producers organized for a dog therapist to come to the Osbourne house and on one episode it was said that Sharon’s dog was killed but it turned out to be a prank in the outtakes. Ozzy’s publicist denied all claims of staged reality.

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Embarrassing Ozzy

Growing up with rock and roll parents was anything but normal for the Osbourne children. Kelly recalled that the kids’ babysitters were the heavy metal band Motley Crue and Ozzy would regularly embarrass the children in front of their friends. On one occasion, Ozzy took it too far and decided to terrify her young friends by dressing up as a werewolf and lock them up in the garden shed, hearing their screams and cries as they tried to get out!

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Sharon’s Intense Love

While many of the family’s struggles have been well documented, Sharon revealed something that happened in one of her rough stages. In an attempt to show her unconditional love for Ozzy, she decided to self harm to display her commitment. Her irresponsible and over the top act landed her in hospital which she later described as stupid. The act saw an ambulance take her to hospital and was later transported to a psychiatric ward. She still has the scars today.

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Jack’s Demons

The youngest of the Osbourne kids, Jack, had his own fair share of issues. At his 13th birthday he got drunk for the first time and by age 14, he was regularly drinking and smoking. In 2003, Jack’s partying became out of control and he made headlines when he was admitted to a child psychiatric ward for an addiction to OxyContin. His condition worsened when his mother was diagnosed with cancer and his depression took a downward spiral.

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Suicidal Jack

Jack’s erratic behavior came to a head when he decided to take a cocktail of prescription pills and cutting his hands with shards of glass. What pushed him over the edge was when he called his girlfriend and her ex-boyfriend picked up her phone. Jack woke up after 12 hours of being unconscious. However, his drug use didn’t stop there and he continued to use until he realized he never wanted to feel that way again and checked into an adolescent rehabilitation center in Malibu.

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Ozzy’s ATV Accident

In 2003, Ozzy took a joyride on an ATV around his Buckinghamshire estate in the UK and accidentally had a major crash. Ozzy broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebrae in his neck and during surgery to lift his collarbone off a major artery, he had bleeding coming from his lungs. Despite all of his injuries, the surgeons working on Ozzy did not consider his condition as life threatening. Ozzy made a full recovery from his accident.

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Kelly’s Alcohol Poisoning

Being in the public eye and coming from a famous family, Kelly was often seen hanging around Hollywood socialites including Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton around popular clubs and bars in town. A well-known party girl, Kelly admitted that she was drinking heavily numerous nights in the week, causing her to develop alcohol poisoning. She also stated that it was Paris Hilton who was responsible for her addiction and when Paris was told this, her response was reportedly “I did?! That’s hot.”

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Ozzy Harassed As A Child

When Ozzy was at school in England, he revealed in 2003 that he was taken advantage of regularly by two boys. He stated “They felt me and touched me. It became a regular thing on the way home from school.” The horrifying ordeal left Ozzy scarred and he admitted he turned to alcohol and substances in later life to try and cope with it. Not only this, but he also went to counseling session saying that he “worked it out with a therapist.”

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Kelly’s Transformation

Kelly was known as an overweight adolescent with drinking and substance issues which grew with her into her twenties. However, in 2009, she decided to turn her life around and lose 70 pounds after going on Dancing With The Stars and having grueling training sessions. She stated “I went from being the girl mums told their kids to stay away from to the girl mums follow on social media and stop in the street to ask for advice about their own daughters’ struggles.”

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Kelly’s Health

Kelly has kept relatively quiet about her Lyme disease diagnosis but has recently revealed the moment she was told she had stage III neurological Lyme disease. In 2004, Sharon surprised Ozzy with a reindeer sanctuary for his 56th birthday in their backyard and Kelly was bitten by a tick. At the time, Ozzy burned it off but Kelly suffered from ‘traveling pain’ for a decade. In 2013 she suffered a seizure while filming for Fashion Police. At the time, doctors diagnosed her with epilepsy, but in 2014 she tested positive for Lyme disease.

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Sharon’s Past Lover

Despite being known for having an extremely long relationship and marriage to Ozzy, Sharon admitted to having a relationship with chat show host Jay Leno. Sharon was just 25 years old when she first saw Leno performing a set at a club and told her friend she was interested in him. She later prank called him and inevitably invited him to come over to her house and they had a fling for a short time before she met husband Ozzy.

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Sharon’s True Love

Another love of Sharon’s, of which she doesn’t hide, are the family dogs. With a total of 8 pets, Sharon is particularly fond of her two Pomeranians called Bella and Rocky, who she flies first-class when she travels abroad. Sharon and Ozzy have a fortune of $110 million, so it is no surprise Sharon spends her earnings on what she loves most. It has been reported that Sharon spends almost a quarter of a million dollars each year on just plane travel for her dogs.

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Family Friction

Sharon’s father, Don Arden, famously managed Ozzy’s band Black Sabbath for years. When Sharon married Ozzy Osbourne, her father decided to give her the contract to take over as manager. Sharon then took their contract to an American label and her father sued her for $1 million in damages for going against him. The father and daughter did not speak for over 15 years and when they did start speaking, her father already had succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Sharon’s Surgeries

Sharon has been somewhat open about the plastic surgeries she has undergone with many people stating she has gone too far. She revealed “There’s not much I haven’t had tweaked, stretched, peeled, lasered, veneered, enhanced or removed altogether.” Although she has had so many surgeries, Sharon stated that she didn’t think she had gone over board but did admit that she wouldn’t go under the knife any longer explaining “I won’t be having any more cosmetic procedures.”

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Disapproving Brother

Although Sharon’s friction with her father has been well documented, many people are unaware that her brother, David Levy, openly criticized her for her choices to have plastic surgeries. In response to his public comments, Ozzy and Sharon both penned letters to him and Sharon promised to cut all financial ties to him stating: “We call him Fredo, after the weak son in The Godfather who sold the family out…all he wants is our money. I want absolutely nothing to do with him.”

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Jack Becomes A Father

After a whirlwind romance, Jack and partner Lisa Stelly welcomed their first child, a daughter named Pearl in 2012. Three years later, Jack and Lisa welcomed their second child, a daughter named Andy, to add to the Osbourne clan. Jack often commented on becoming a father and stated it was the most monumental part of his life and stated how his two daughters meant everything to him. After his substance struggles, Jack had finally appeared to find his peace.

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Another Osbourne On It’s Way

Jack is about to become a father for the third time after confirmation that his wife is pregnant. While Jack and his siblings were all born within 13 months of one another, Jack and his wife, Lisa, have confirmed that two years after their second child was born, they are excited about to welcoming their third! Another Osbourne is yet to enter the world, and we wonder if one day this family of five will have their own family reality TV show.

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Jack Diagnosed With MS

In 2012, Jack Osbourne bravely revealed that he was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting Multiple sclerosis of which he described the ‘scariest moment of my life’. His very serious symptoms include blindness in one eye, numbness in both legs, and also problems with his bladder, bowel and stomach. Of his family’s support, Jack stated “My family was an incredible support system for me, helping me understand and wrap my head around the disease, and to them I am forever grateful.”

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Jack’s New Lifestyle

Jack started injecting Copaxone medication daily, uses vitamin supplements and hormone replacement therapy and also travelled to Europe to receive stem cell therapy. In his mission to minimize life stress, he started exercising regularly and altering his diet. In order to to maintain a healthy lifestyle, Jack signed onto Dancing With The Stars in 2013 and said that he did not suffer from any symptoms other than some “tingling down my leg and the occasional bout of fatigue.”

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Kelly Fashion Police Departure

Kelly Osbourne was a fan favorite on the E! show, Fashion Police, alongside Joan Rivers, until a controversy saw her leave the show after Joan’s death. Fellow host Giuliana Rancic, made a questionable remark about Zendaya’s outfit which caused drama in the press. Kelly stayed quiet about her departure but when she finally spoke out, she said:  “really heartbreaking to see her behavior that has transpired when she did get caught being wrong. That’s what broke my heart.”

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Ozzy Relapses Again

In April 2013, Ozzy revealed that he had resumed his alcohol and substance abuse in the past 18 months. Despite admitting he was once again sober, he said that he went back to a dark place and spiraled into ‘insane behavior’. Ozzy addressed his relapse publicly on his Facebook page in a heartfelt post stating that he had hurt the people closest to him, his family. In a supportive move, Sharon spoke about on The Talk where she co-hosts, admitting Ozzy has been struggling with his sobriety.

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Ozzy’s Affair

In 2016, it emerged that Ozzy was having an affair with stylist Michelle Pugh. Sharon told her show The Talk “I’m 63 years of age and I can’t keep living like this. He’s given me an unbelievable life and he’s given me three gorgeous children and I love him.” She continued: “I don’t know where I’m going, who I’m going with, and I just need time to sit and really think about myself and what do I really want for my life.”

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Kelly Supports Sharon

Upon hearing the news of her fathers’ affair, Kelly took to social media site Twitter to send out a number of tweets shaming the stylist involved. She actually tweeted out the stylist’s phone number in order to get people to harass her. When one of Kelly’s followers called her out for being childish, she aggressively replied “Are you in my family? NO YOU ARE NOT YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE DID! So keep ur high-mighty opinions to yourself!”

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Sharon’s Orientation

The same year as Ozzy’s affair, on her show The Talk, Sharon made quite the revelation, coming out as bisexual and shocking many due to her 33-year long marriage to Ozzy. She said of her orientation that there is nothing wrong with being attracted to the same gender, stating “I always think everybody is gay, so am I. I am not a little bit gay. I am extremely interested in the fact of what I missed out on. But it is too late now.”

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Sharon’s Surgery

In March 2017, Sharon had been absent from The Talk for quite a few shows leading fans wondering why she was gone. When it finally came to light that she was having surgery, fans were concerned that she was undergoing another cosmetic procedure but it turned out she was having a pinched nerve repaired in her back. Kelly responded to The Talk from hospital saying, “Mum’s in surgery. She’s doing really well… Thank everybody for their love and support… trust me, she’s going to be fine.”

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Affair Aftermath

In May 2017, Sharon said that the long-term couple have got their spark back after Ozzy won her over after his affair with a stylist. Sharon said she was ‘surprised’ how hard Ozzy had tried and commented “I fell out of love with my husband and then fell back in again. I did (fall out of love) somewhere along the way, because thirty five years with someone is a hell of a long time.” The couple also revealed plans to renew their marriage for the second time.

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Not Too Late To Say Sorry

Ozzy also gave a public response following his affair confessions. He expressed, “When I said, ‘Don’t get caught by your missus,’ I’m not proud of all that sh*t. I upset my wife and I upset my family and I made a lot of shock and shame. I love my wife, and it made me realize what a f**king idiot I’ve been.” He continued, “We love each other… There’s no other woman I really want to spend the rest of my life with.”

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Renewing Their Wedding Vows

The dynamic duo put their troubles of last year behind them following Ozzy’s infidelity scandal, and decided to renew their wedding vows. Having married in 1982, the couple, who have been married for 35 years, took to the strip in Las Vegas for their intimate ceremony. Sharon was thrilled with the original idea after Ozzy made the request, and he appeared on her chat show, The Talk, to present her with a diamond wedding ring to show his regret over his actions.

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‘The Osbournes’ Returns?

Rumors of the Osbournes’ successful MTV reality show being revived started in 2014 with Sharon promising filming to start in January 2015. After the filming stopped due to Ozzy’s relapse, fans were desperate for a new season of the beloved show. Later that year, Kelly added fuel to the rumor fire saying that she would be open to the idea in a new and different way just like they did on the first series, which became such an overriding success.

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