Kelly Osbourne: A Journey through Fame and Resilience
Kelly Michelle Lee Osbourne, born on October 27, 1984, is a multifaceted British celebrity of Jewish descent. She has made her mark as an actress, television host, fashion designer, and singer. The daughter of Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne (formerly Sharon Rachel Levy), Kelly's rise to fame began at the tender age of 16 when she appeared alongside her family in the Emmy Award-winning reality show "The Osbournes."
Kelly Osbourne was born in Westminster, London, to a Christian family, with her mother having Jewish heritage. Her father, Ozzy Osbourne, and her mother, Sharon Osbourne, raised her along with her older sister, Aimee, and younger brother, Jack. Kelly also has two half-siblings from her father's previous marriage: Jessica Hobbs and Louis John Osbourne. Additionally, she unofficially adopted Robert Marcato, whom Sharon and Ozzy welcomed into their home after his mother passed away. Kelly's childhood was characterized by constant travel due to her father's career, leading the family to live in over 20 homes across England and the United States.
In September 2006, Kelly Osbourne married her partner, Matthew Mosshart, in Ireland. However, the legality of their marriage was challenged since it took place in Ireland. She later dated Matt Emerson, a drummer in the band "Trash Fashion."
In March 2009, Kelly Osbourne married model Luke Worrall, but their relationship ended in July 2010 after she discovered he had been unfaithful.
Activism and Advocacy
Kelly Osbourne has been involved in various advocacy efforts, including her participation in an HIV charity event in February 2007.
On April 1, 2010, Kelly and her mother, Sharon Osbourne, joined Cindy Lauper's "Give a Damn" campaign, aimed at raising public awareness about the discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ community. The campaign encouraged dialogue and acceptance among heterosexuals, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals. Other notable celebrities, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Mraz, Elton John, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Kardashian, also participated in the campaign.
Struggles with Substance Abuse
Kelly Osbourne faced well-documented battles with substance abuse throughout her life. She first entered rehab in April 2004, admitting her addiction to painkillers to her family. A year later, in June 2005, she checked into the Hazelden Foundation rehab center in Pasadena after relapsing. In January 2009, she sought treatment again, acknowledging her ongoing struggle with addiction. Kelly credited rehab with saving her life and helping her overcome her addiction.
On January 19, 2009, Kelly Osbourne was arrested for allegedly slapping a journalist, Zoe Griffin, at a London club in August 2008. This incident occurred after Griffin published a critical article about Osbourne's then-boyfriend, Luke Worrall.
Kelly Osbourne adopted a vegan lifestyle in 2012. She revealed in 2020 that maintaining a healthy vegan diet helped her lose approximately 38 kilograms (84 pounds).
Rise to Fame
Kelly Osbourne and her family became global sensations through the MTV reality series "The Osbournes," which aired from 2002 to 2005. The show documented the eccentricities of the Osbourne family, showcasing their daily lives, involvement in heavy metal music, and candid discussions. Kelly, the middle child, was known for her sharp wit and candid humor. While the original plan was for the camera crew to stay at their home for a few weeks, they ended up filming for several months, capturing the family's unfiltered interactions.
In March 2009, Kelly Osbourne returned to television with her family in the series "Osbournes Reloaded."
Kelly Osbourne released her debut album, "Shut Up," in 2002. While it received mixed reviews in the United States, it achieved considerable success in Europe. Her rock band, "Pure Rubbish," even performed songs from the album at the 2002 MTV Music Awards. The single "!Shut Up" from the album reached the number one spot on the Billboard charts. In 2003, Osbourne left her record label, Epic Records, which had produced her debut album. She later recorded a duet, "Changes," with her father Ozzy Osbourne, which topped the charts in the UK.
In 2007, Kelly Osbourne appeared in the musical "Chicago," winning a Best Actress award for her role. She later ceased performing in the musical after an incident that left her injured during a performance.
Kelly Osbourne's acting career began in 2004 with a role in ABC's teen drama series, "Life as We Know It," where she played the character Deborah Beatrice Tynan. In June 2006, she portrayed Wendy McPherson in the event "Children's Party at the Palace." The same year, she voiced a character in the animated film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!" In July 2007, it was announced that Kelly would play Mama Morton in the musical "Chicago." She appeared in the production for seven weeks.
In 2008, she featured in the short musical film "The Town that Boars Me." The film also starred Sophie Ellis-Bextor. In August 2010, Kelly Osbourne began filming "Should've Been Romeo," where she played the lead role of Nicole. The movie was released on April 7, 2011. In December 2010, it was confirmed that she would star alongside Disney star Miley Cyrus in "So Undercover," with filming commencing in 2010 and the movie set for a winter 2012 release.
Kelly Osbourne's journey through fame has been marked by personal challenges, resilience, and a constant evolution in her career. From reality television to music, acting, and advocacy work, she continues to leave her mark on the entertainment industry and beyond.
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