Most celebrities go to a rehab facility to beat a drug addiction. Kelly Osbourne was put in a padded cell by her mother.
Best known for appearing on the seminal reality series The Osbournes, the daughter of heavy-metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon is making waves with shocking details of her past drug use.
“I’ve been to rehab seven times and to two mental institutions,” Osbourne, 28, admits in an upcoming interview in the British edition of Cosmopolitan. “My mum even had me put in a padded cell once to scare me, but like a brat I just sat it out until she said, ’Well, that’s not going to work.’ ”
In the same interview, Osbourne says she was a secretive addict and kept her cocaine stash hidden because she didn’t want to share it.
“I was never one of those people who was like, ‘Let’s party; let’s go and do loads of coke.’ In fact, I would never even tell anyone I had drugs because I wanted them all to myself. I was quite selfish. Nobody liked me or wanted to work with me.”
Osbourne says she quietly continued her clandestine drug use until 2002, when her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer.
“I was faced with the choice of a career or spending what could have been the last days of my mother’s life with her,” she says. “I said, ‘F–k you, career, hello, Mother.’ 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. It was awful.”
Sharon Osbourne was declared cancer-free in 2003, the same year her daughter cleaned up her act. Today, Kelly is happy and healthy and recently got engaged to vegan chef Matthew Mosshart. And the life lesson gleaned for the young woman who grew up under the glare of reality television?
“What I’ve learnt is that no amount of therapy or medication is going to work unless you want it to,” she says. “Until you want to be a good person, you will never be one.”