When Kelly Osbourne first appeared on MTV’s The Osbournes, she was described as a a “wickedly funny, brutally honest, pint-size, potty-mouthed spitfire” by Rolling Stone.
The middle child of rock legend Ozzy and chat show host Sharon Osbourne, Kelly was usually furious about something or other in each episode of the fly-on-the-wall show.
She would later explain the camera operators outstayed their welcome, staying for months rather than the agreed weeks, and she found it “stressful”.
But she was also battling a drug addiction which began when she was just 13.
After Kelly developed tonsillitis, she was given painkiller Vicodin, which developed into an addiction and Kelly later moved on to heroin because it was “cheaper”.
“I then kept getting sick and I had a really bad case of tonsillitis. They ended up having to give me some crazy surgery, and then after that, they gave me Vicodin, and that was all I needed,” Kelly told Jada Pinkett Smith on Red Table Talk.
“I went from having every voice in my head being like, ‘You’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re not good enough, no one likes you, you don’t deserve this, people only like you because of who your parents are.’
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“And then all of a sudden, every single voice was silenced, and it felt like life gave me a hug.”
At one point, the teenager was popping 50 pills a day and throwing up blood, and later explained her addiction was to blame for the screaming matches she had on the show with her family.
Kelly was caught buying drugs by her mum Sharon, who put her in rehab the next day.
But it would take six more rehab stints, two stays in mental institutions and one near tragedy to help Kelly get clean – only for her to swap drugs for food.
“I was so angry about the things people said about me. I truly believe it’s the main reason I turned to Vicodin and ended up in rehab. I just hated myself,” she told Shape magazine in 2010.
“I replaced the drugs with food and just got fatter and fatter… I’m an emotional eater.”
However, everything changed when Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer and an 18-year-old Kelly feared her mum would die.
“I said, ‘F*** you, career – hello, mother,'” Kelly explained.
“I became my mum’s nurse 24/7. I gave her injections and medicines when she had seizures. I thought I was going to lose her.”
She wasn’t the only family member to struggle with addiction, as her dad Ozzy and brother Jack have also both battled issues with drugs and alcohol.
Jack has now been sober for 18 years and Ozzy has been sober for nearly seven years.
Kelly has said she will “battle [addiction] for the rest of her life”, but on her 37th birthday earlier this week, she revealed she was five months sober.
She had relapsed in lockdown after four years of sobriety, but was now back on the right track and feeling immensely proud.
“I was alone, sitting by a pool, and waiting for somebody to come have a meeting with me and I saw this woman and her husband had a glass of champagne and it looked really nice,” she explained to Jada.
“I was like ‘Oh I can do that too.’ And then the next day, I had two glasses. And then the day after that it was bottles.”
It was seeing her then-boyfriend Erik Bragg’s “disappointed” reaction that made Kelly realise she needed to make a change, and she couldn’t be happier about her fresh start.
“Today marks my 37th birthday and I’m 5 months sober!! I am filled with so much gratitude it’s almost overwhelming!” she wrote on Instagram alongside stunning selfies showing off her trademark lavender hair.
As well as dealing with addiction, Kelly has also been working hard to shed six stone in recent years.
And this wasn’t easy for the star, who had a fear of going to the gym because she would anxiously compare herself to thinner people.
Her dramatic weight loss begun when she dropped two stone while competing on Dancing With The Stars in 2009, but once her stint finished she struggled to keep the weight off.
So in 2012, she embarked on a vegan diet and cut out drinking.
“Once I learned how to work out right and eat right, it’s one of those things that you just have to commit to a life change rather than being on a diet,” Kelly told the Huffington Post.
She also revealed in August last year that she had undergone gastric sleeve surgery in a bid to lose weight.
“I had surgery, I don’t give a f**** what anyone has to say. I did it, I’m proud of it, they can suck s****. I did the gastric sleeve,” she told Hollywood Raw.
“All it does is change the shape of your stomach. I got that almost 2 years ago. I will never ever ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done.”
Kelly also explained she’d had injections to change the shape of her face and make her jaw look “skinnier”, after suffering with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) which causes pain in the jaw.
“One of the things they did to stop it was they gave me injections in my jaw,’ she said.
“It kinda made my jaw look skinnier. That’s when people started to notice that I had really lost weight because it changed the shape of everything.
“I found out it’s called buccal fat. It changed everything on my face! How the f*** did I not know about this sooner?” she exclaimed.
Kelly had been in therapy for a year to tackle her emotional eating tendencies before she even considered surgery.
“The number one thing I had to do was get happy,” she said.
“I had to fix my head before I could fix my body. You can never go into this if you’re not in a good mindset.”
And the surgery is not enough on its own – patients must stick to a healthy lifestyle in order for it to work.
“The kind of surgery I had… if you don’t work out and you don’t eat right, you gain weight,” said Kelly.
“All it does is move you in the right direction. It doesn’t solve all your problems. It’s not a quick fix.”
Kelly looked so drastically different following her weight loss and jaw injections, she was forced to speak out against accusations she’d secretly had plastic surgery.
“Let’s squash these stupid rumours!!! Can’t you just be happy for me?” she wrote on Instagram.
“I have not done plastic surgery. I’ve never done anything to my face other than a couple of injections in my lip, in my jaw, and in my forehead. I do not lie, but thank you for the compliment.”
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