Who Is Kelly Osbourne?
Kelly Osbourne was born in London, England on October 27, 1984. The daughter of heavy-metal musician Ozzy Osbourne, and his wife, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly came to fame in the early 2000s with the MTV reality show about her family, The Osbournes. She's since parlayed the program's success into a career that has put her in the recording studio, ignited a fashion design career and created additional television opportunities.
Kelly is the middle child of parents Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, between older sister Aimee and younger brother Jack.
Kelly has an estimated net worth of $15 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
In 2002 MTV showcased a new reality series that documented the strange, sometimes frenetic suburban life of the Osbourne family. The Osbournes, which went off the air in 2005, proved to be a monster of a hit, and Kelly was at the heart of its success.
Fans instantly gravitated toward Kelly's sharp opinions and her overall outsized personality. Not long after the show's debut, Epic signed Kelly to a record deal. In November 2002, she released a cover of Madonna's hit, "Papa Don't Preach." Name recognition certainly helped Kelly garner fame as a singer, and her "Papa" rendition climbed the U.K. music charts. It's parent album, Shut Up!, however, fared poorly, and Epic eventually dropped Kelly from its lineup.
Kelly teamed up with BMG music through its Sanctuary label, releasing the electro dance track "One Word," off of her second studio album, Sleeping in the Nothing (2005).
The fame that The Osbournes had brought Kelly and her family seemed to be quickly fading away, making Kelly feel vulnerable. Soon, the same kind of addiction that had once nearly ruined Ozzy Osbourne's life began to take hold of his daughter's: Around this time, Kelly was drinking heavily and taking drugs frequently. Her biggest vice was pain killers. At the height of her addiction, she was taking 60 Vicodin tablets a day.
"What bugs me the most is that people think I was a party girl and I went around having a great time," Kelly later recalled. "I did drugs because I hated myself and I was miserable, and I didn't want to think about it anymore."
In 2006 Kelly checked herself into rehab for the first time. Her life since then has followed a similar path as her father's. She's gone through periods of sobriety and intense work, with periodic struggles with her addictions.
In 2004 Kelly launched her first fashion line, debuting her "Stiletto Killers." Her love life began to take off around the same time, and by 2009, she was engaged to model Luke Warrall and had published a memoir, suitably called Fierce. That same year, however, Kelly was arrested for allegedly hitting a journalist at a nightclub.
In 2010 Kelly broke up with Warrall and a few years later got engaged to chef Matthew Mosshart. However, that relationship didn't work, either, and she and Mosshart split in 2014.
Kelly willingly discussed her life-long battles with addiction in the wake of her friend Demi Lovato's hospitalization from a reported overdose in July 2018. "I can't imagine what Demi's going through right now, even though I know what it's like to have the whole world talk about you in your most vulnerable state," Osbourne said. "Relapse is one of the hardest things we face as an open addict who has gone through the program and turned their life around." A few weeks later, she celebrated one year of being sober following a "dark" period in which she relapsed.
Outside of The Osbournes, Kelly has appeared on several TV programs. She's also done a fair amount of stage and film work. Most memorably, perhaps, was her third place finish on ABC's dance-competition show Dancing With the Stars.
From 2010 to 2015, Kelly appeared on the E! Entertainment series Fashion Police, working alongside Joan Rivers until Rivers' death in 2014. She also serves as a judge on Project Runway Junior and Australia's Got Talent.
Actress, singer and fashion designer Kelly Osbourne was born Kelly Michelle Lee Osbourne on October 27, 1984, in London, England. The second of three Osbourne children born to heavy-metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly was raised in the shadow of her father's hair-raising, often wild career as Black Sabbath's lead singer.
Kelly's home life was scarred by her father's swings between sobriety and addiction. In her youth, Kelly, along with her older sister, Aimee, and younger brother, Jack, often witnessed her parents fighting. The most volatile of those occasions came in 1989, when a drug-enraged Ozzy tried to strangle his wife. Somehow the Osbourne marriage survived the incident, and Ozzy spent several months in a mental health facility following the episode.
Worried that his children might one day face the same addiction issues that he faced, Ozzy sat his children down when Kelly was just eight years old, and warned them, "One of you, if not all of you, will have 'the gene.'"
By age 15, Kelly seemed to have paid little attention to her father's words. With Ozzy's newfound commitments to staying clean and family life, the Osbournes settled in Beverly Hills, California. In her adopted country, the young Kelly was a regular at Los Angeles' biggest nightclubs. Her mother did her best to keep tabs on Kelly, even hiring a private investigator to research her daughter's first boyfriend. "That was my mum," Kelly later said. "That's just what she does."
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