Who Is Jack Osbourne?
Jack Osbourne, the son of rock star Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne, was born in London, England, in 1985. He first became known to the public by appearing with his family on the hit TV show The Osbournes, and later he hosted his own reality programs. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, Osbourne has since gone on to become an advocate for the MS community.
Born on November 8, 1985, in London, England, Jack Joseph Osbourne is the son of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne. He has two older sisters, Aimee and Kelly, as well as three half-siblings from Ozzy's first marriage.
Osbourne grew up in Buckinghamshire, intermittently spending time touring with his parents. At the age of 10, he was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD). In 1997, his family moved to Beverly Hills, and Jack was enrolled at Park Century School, a special-needs school in Culver City, California.
At age 15, Jack was hired as a junior talent scout by Epic Records, and he spent two years meeting up-and-coming musicians at clubs around Los Angeles.
'The Osbournes' and Reality TV Stardom
It wasn't until March 2002 that Jack Osbourne was introduced to American audiences, courtesy of the MTV reality show The Osbournes, which won an Emmy Award in its first year. For four seasons, Jack and his family engaged in eccentric—and often profanity-laced—behavior, a spectacle that proved irresistible to viewers.
The cameras were around during the low moments, and in 2003 the youngest Osbourne made headlines when he sought treatment for an addiction to OxyContin. "I want to be in control of my life," he revealed in an interview. "I was really loaded and I just sat on my mom's bed and I just said, 'I am going to go pack my bags, I'm, I'm ready to go. I want to go, I need to go.'" He later told the media that he had been drinking and using drugs ever since he was 13.
For Jack, who appeared with the rest of his family in the 2002 film Austin Powers: Goldmember, the exposure provided by The Osbournes opened the door for additional opportunities after its conclusion in 2005. He moved on to the TV shows Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On and Extreme Celebrity Detox, and later starred in his own reality programs, Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie and Haunted Highway. Jack also produced a documentary about his father, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (2011), and in 2013 he partnered with Cheryl Burke on Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars, finishing in third place.
In 2016, Osbourne reunited with his dad for a new reality TV project, the History Channel's Ozzy & Jack's World Detour. The show captured the Osbourne men on their quest to explore famed and obscure attractions around the globe, all the while displaying their distinct brand of family humor. Ozzy & Jack was renewed for a second season, set to premiere on A&E on November 8, 2017.
MS Diagnosis and Advocate
In May 2012, Jack was at a Los Angeles gas station when he noticed a black dot in his field of vision. The next morning, the black dot had turned into a cigar shape and soon he lost all his central vision in his right eye. A series of tests revealed the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS), a particularly wrenching diagnosis considering he had just fathered a baby girl, Pearl Clementine, with fiancée Lisa Stelly.
Rather than feel sorry for himself, Jack decided to make the most of his situation. He plunged himself into researching the disease and focused on a healthy diet and lifestyle. Additionally, he teamed up with Teva Neuroscience to launch the You Don't Know Jack About MS campaign, releasing a series of webisodes to share more about his ability to live a productive life in spite of the diagnosis.
About coping with the disease, he explained, "I appreciate things more. I don't know how long things will be as good as they are. It can become a progressive disease, though, and if it gets bad, the decline can be rapid. That's why I don't want to say my diagnosis was a good thing, but it has definitely put things into perspective."
Jack also remained resolute in his devotion to family life. He married Lisa in October 2012, and the two had a second daughter, Andy Rose, in June 2015. Two years later, the couple announced that Lisa was pregnant with a third child.
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