After 33 years of marriage, rock’s royal couple Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have parted ways, reportedly due to his affair with celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh. The Osbournes, who were married in 1982, have seen a lot of their dirty laundry hit the airwaves over the last few years, particularly since they opened their homes and lives to one of television’s earliest celebrity reality series, The Osbournes. Ozzy’s rumored infidelity is but the latest chapter in their strange family history, and here are some of their other dark secrets.
Kelly put Pugh on public blast after finding out about her involvement with her father, spreading the woman’s contact information to her millions of followers as a go-to resource for “cheap chunky LOW-lights and a blow out,” in addition to other services. She even suggested the relationship was “elder abuse” since her father was rumored to be financially supporting the woman.
Sharon seemed delighted by the rage-filled reaction, saying, “What can you do but laugh … she’s just so funny.” Kelly’s tweet, she added, came from a place of love and made her mum “proud.” Perhaps the reason she was so tickled by Kelly’s behavior is that they were partners in crimes of passion. They’re said to have frequently dialed the Beverly Hills salon where Pugh had been employed in an effort to speak with her, costing her the job as a result of all the attention.
Sharon has ridden the crazy train
The Osbournes’ history of alcoholism and addiction is more than well documented, but what people might not know is that in the middle of one bad binge long ago, Sharon slit her wrists to prove her undying love for Ozzy. As she explained in 2014, she’d never before revealed the story of how her bloody show of devotion once landed her in the hospital because “of embarrassment of how stupid [she] was at the time.” Back then, she’d told Ozzy she’d “do anything” for him, and he asked her to prove it. That’s when took a steak knife to her wrists and immediately realized the gravity of her mistake, the scars of which she still carries. (She was transported by ambulance and put on lockdown in the hospital’s psychiatric ward after the incident.)
She also once made up a surgery for no reason
Fame can make a person say and do some very strange things, but this has gotta take some kind of tasty British lemon cake. In 2013, Sharon admitted to having lied about undergoing “excruciating” tightening surgery on her lady bits just for the heck of it. She admitted it was a “flippant, stupid thing to be silly.” After having beaten colon cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy to prevent the likely genetic onset of breast cancer, she said, “how could I do that after I’ve had so much ill health? Now, I’m going to start putting scaffolding up in my vagina?”
Jay Leno hooked up with Sharon years ago
Before she and Ozzy were officially together, Sharon enjoyed some mattress time with comedian Jay Leno, who was still decades shy of earning his late-night legacy. As she explained in 2013, she was 25 years old when she first moved to the U.S., and while she knew Ozzy at that time, they weren’t yet a romantic item. “We were just friends. I didn’t have a boyfriend. I never did date a lot at that time anyway because I was not very dateable.” She saw Leno perform a set at a club and expressed an interest in him to her friend, which resulted in her prank calling him and, ultimately, inviting him to come over and have “a little fling” together. It wouldn’t last, of course, and he would even later introduce her to his eventual wife Mavis Leno and remain friends with he’d moved onto the woman Sharon described as “the real love of his life.”
Aimee still separates herself from her family
When the Osbournes first decided to let show cameras film their every move (and, more importantly, Ozzy’s every unintelligible grumbling), their oldest daughter Aimee wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. In fact, the now-32-year-old musician immediately packed her things and moved out of the family home and onto a separate building of the property and demanded that her visits to the main home not be filmed. Sharon would later admit that her sole regret about doing the show was “that it meant I spent less time with her while we were filming it,” and while she and her parents still remain close, the same cannot be said for Aimee and her younger siblings.
Those many months spent apart during filming for the show’s four seasons, Aimee told The Independent, opened a divide between herself and the other two that has yet to be fully bridged. “I wouldn’t say there is an ease between us,” she said of her strained relationship with Kelly, 31, and Jack, 30. “But there is an acceptance. Do we socialize? No.”
Sharon and Ozzy don’t get along with her family
They say family and business shouldn’t mix, and the tumultuous relationship between the Osbournes and Sharon’s side is definitive proof. Her father, the late Don Arden, was an early manager for Ozzy’s Black Sabbath. But the self-proclaimed “Godfather of rock” was persona non grata for the Osbourne fam for years thanks to his nefarious business dealings and violent behaviors. When she married Ozzy, he gave her the Black Sabbath contract, and she took it to an American label instead and was sued by her father for $1 million in damages. They wouldn’t reconcile for 15 years, by which time he was already succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease.
Meanwhile, her brother David Levy has also been the source of some major familial friction, especially after he openly criticized Sharon’s choice to have cosmetic surgeries. Ozzy penned a scathing open letter to his “brother-in-law in name only” and told him to butt out of his business, and Sharon followed that up with her own promise to cut (financial) ties with him for good. “We call him Fredo after the weak son in The Godfather who sold the family out … all he wants is our money. I want absolutely nothing to do with him,” she said.
Osbournes split might be a mere stunt
Ozzy and Sharon reunited to support his Black Sabbath tour in May and fueled speculation that their split is a media play to drum up attention for the tour. Sharon’s comments to the Los Angeles Times that she hopes for a reconciliation between them certainly support that theory. She said, “Ideally, I would love for my husband to deal with his issues and work at the problems that he has now. And be honest and open … to be able to come back to us with honesty and respect for the family. That’s what I really wish.” The Osbournes have not filed for divorce as of this writing.