Daddy’s Little Girl, All Grown Up: Kelly Osbourne
In the world of rock n’ roll, Ozzy Osbourne and his family are royalty. The singer is known for his shock-rock antics as the frontman of Black Sabbath and in his solo career; but behind the makeup, hair, and bat-biting incidents, he is a fun, easy-going, loving husband and father.
That’s the man that Kelly Osbourne knows and loves. As the youngest daughter of Ozzy and his wife Sharon, who garnered her own fame, Kelly’s childhood was hectic- according to the Daily Mail, she and her siblings were even baby sat by Mötley Crüe. Through it all, the Osbourne family remained close and loving, as documented on their reality TV show ‘The Osbournes’.
But that’s the thing about depression and anxiety: they are mental illnesses, persistent even in the face of love and caring.
Overwhelmed as a child by the fame and chaotic lifestyle, Kelly turned to prescription pain medication as a means of numbing her difficult feelings. It began at the age of 13 when, after a tonsillectomy, she was prescribed liquid Vicodin to deal with the pain. Kelly quickly found herself attached to the feeling she experienced when under the influence of the powerful pain medication.
In 2009 she told People Magazine:
“I found, when I take this, people like me. I’m having fun, I’m not getting picked on. It became a confidence thing. I have crazy anxiety. I was walking around with a constant sweat moustache, so what’s the first thing you do? Go to a doctor. They give you Xanax, Klonopin, Valium. I’d start off taking them as prescribed. Then I’d be like, ‘These are magic pills! Take 10!'”
By the time The Osbournes began filming, the teenager was constantly self-medicating just to get through the day. Her family was in denial about her problems with opioid drug abuse, despite her own father’s history of illicit drug abuse. She admits that she often deflected toward her father’s issues with addiction to avoid facing her own.
In 2004 Kelly’s parents caught her abusing pills and sent her to Promises Treatment Center in Malibu to seek treatment, but the stint wouldn’t be effective. Osbourne found the treatment facility too comfortable, calling it ‘a vacation without a bar.’ This started a series of temporary bouts of sobriety followed by relapses into familiar, ‘safe’ habits. Despite an engagement and some success in both acting and fashion, Kelly found herself spiralling into an intense depression.
An intervention brought the end of her years and years of substance abuse due to mental illness; her family and friends pushed her to finally getting the treatment she needed and Osbourne was ready. She completed a 30 day intensive treatment in 2009 and has maintained her sobriety ever since.
Now, Kelly Osbourne has stepped out of the shadow of her family’s fame and fortune to create a life and career of her own. She focused on her fashion career, scoring a place on ‘Fashion Police’, her own fashion line, as well as modelling jobs. As an actress she appeared on the hit TV show ‘Drop Dead Diva’, ‘Are We There Yet?’ as well as voice acting work. Kelly also supports over a dozen charities and causes such as child welfare, HIV/AIDS, and human rights.
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.