Ozzy Osbourne accuses reality TV show of tricking him and his kids into drinking and doing drugs

Black Sabbath legend Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack starred in The Osbournes 20 years ago, but quit in 2005, thanks to their struggles with addiction and health crises mental

Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack during their MTV series, The Osbournes, in the early 2000s

Ozzy Osbourne has blamed the stress of reality TV for his family’s problems with alcohol and drugs.

The Black Sabbath legend, his wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack starred in MTV’s The Osbournes 20 years ago.

But just three years after the show launched, the family called it quits in 2005, amid struggles with substance abuse and mental health crises.

After moving to Los Angeles, the singer and his family starred on the MTV reality show, which debuted in 2002.

But Ozzy, 73, told how their show did far more harm than good.

Speaking to The Sun, the rocker admitted: “When you have a film crew living in your house 24/7, it gets a little crazy.

“The kids were taking drugs and alcohol and I had started drinking again.







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“As the third year came around, Sharon sat us all down and said, ‘Do you want to continue? “. Everyone just said no.”

One of the main storylines of the show involved Ozzy trying to undo years of hard partying by eating right and running on a treadmill.

But it turns out the Black Sabbath rocker was indulging his vices behind the scenes.

Ozzy previously revealed, “At the end of filming, I would go to my little bunker and smoke a pipe and drink about a case of beer every day.

“I gave myself a little kindness and got up early in the morning and jog for six miles.”

The show covered some of the famous family’s darkest times, including mum Sharon’s battle with colon cancer and Ozzy’s quad biking accident.







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Distraught over Sharon’s diagnosis in series two, Ozzy was also taking a series of prescription drugs.

The singer previously admitted that he couldn’t bring himself to watch the show again because of the state he was in.

“I was devastated by the pills,” he admitted to the Los Angeles Times.

“I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t walk. I could barely get up. wake up.”

But the addiction issues didn’t stop with Ozzy.

Unbeknownst to her family, Kelly began abusing the prescription painkiller Vicodin after she was prescribed it for tonsillitis when she was just 13.







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Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack during their MTV series, The Osbournes, in the early 2000s
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At one point, the teenager was taking 100 pills a day and vomiting blood, and later explained that her addiction was to blame for the screaming matches she had on the show.

Kelly was first rushed to rehab in 2004 and at one point a desperate Sharon resorted to being locked in a padded cell.

Series two saw Jack finally come to terms with his own demons and enter a rehab for an addiction to the opioid painkiller OxyContin.

The 17-year-old – who was also addicted to cannabis and alcohol – told the film crew: “I want to be in control of my life. I was really busy, and I just sat on my bed. mother, and I just said, ‘I’m going to pack my things… I’m ready to go. I want to go, I have to go.'”







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Jack managed to get clean and famous 19 years of sobriety this month

Family antics garnered a lot of attention over its four seasons, and while the show focused on the life of the rock star’s family, it didn’t feature Ozzy and Sharon’s eldest child. , Aimee Osbourne, now 38 years old.

While Kelly and Jack were happy to take center stage, big sister Aimee didn’t want a bar and left the family home aged just 16 when she found the cameras were coming.

She also banned her visits from being filmed and Sharon, 67, later admitted the situation had put a distance between them.

“I know my eldest daughter couldn’t live in our house because we were filming and it drove her crazy,” Sharon told her US talk show, The View.







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“She also felt she didn’t want to grow up in front of the camera. She hated the idea, it was terrible for her. And so she left at 16 and I regret every day that she did.”

Although she doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, Aimee is now a singer and actress and recently told NYLON magazine in 2020 that she was just too young to face such an exposed life.

“That just wasn’t my aspiration. Everywhere you went people wanted to know everything, and when you grow up it can be a bit daunting,” she said.

“The idea of ​​letting it all out at that time, around fifteen…No one at fifteen wants anyone to see how dumb their parents are.”

Aimee and Sharon stay close and are often spotted enjoying the girls’ shopping trips. But as for his younger siblings, there is no love lost.







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“I wouldn’t say there’s an ease between us,” Aimee said of her strained relationship with Kelly, 37, and Jack, 36.

“But there is an acceptance. Do we socialize? No.”

But it wasn’t all bad news for the Osbournes as the series thrust them into the spotlight and launched them into two decades of TV careers.

Ozzy’s family have pursued their own careers since appearing alongside him on the show, with his wife and younger children pursuing other TV projects.

Sharon was notably a judge on X Factor in the UK between 2004 and 2017. Most recently, she co-hosted US chat show The Talk from 2010 until leaving amid a racist row last year. last.







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Kelly’s credits include being a panelist on Fashion Police from 2010 to 2015 and appearing as a judge on Project Runway Junior between 2015 and 2017.

Her brother directed travel shows including Adrenaline Junkie (2005-2009) and has since ventured into paranormal TV projects such as Portals to Hell since 2019.

He recently got engaged and is expecting a baby with his fiancée Aree Gearheart.

Ozzy opened up about how he struggled with mental health issues as he struggled to cope with Parkinson’s disease, the pandemic and recovering from operations.

The father-of-eight recently revealed he was undergoing therapy, and he and Sharon were returning to the UK after complaining that rising taxes had forced them out of the US.

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Maria R. Newman