Ozzy Osbourne has seen it all, and a lot of it has been... surprisingly awful, actually. Although Ozzy has been a both a world-famous vocalist and a reality show dad, that doesn't mean his life was ever easy. Here's the tragic real-life story of Ozzy Osbourne.
In 2002, Osbourne revealed in an interview with London's Daily Mirror that he was abused when he was a child. According to the singer, when he was an 11-year-old schoolboy in Birmingham, two bullies would frequently intercept him on the way home from school and subject him to all sorts of harm. They routinely forced him to drop his pants and do other things Osbourne has refrained from describing in detail, only summing the treatment up as being, quote, "terrible."
The effect the abuse had on Osbourne's family life as a child was even worse. As he recalled, the first time the bullies hit him took place in front of his sister, and he was too afraid to tell his parents what had happened. The stressful situation didn't do any favors for his mental health, and Ozzy has been open about how damaging the experience was. Because of these past traumas, he says he's made a point of telling his own children to never be afraid to speak up about pain or abuse they may be going through.
The rest of Ozzy's childhood wasn't easy either. At one point, he felt so desperate that he even considered ending his own life. According to the Osbourne biography Ozzy Unauthorized, the future Black Sabbath vocalist attempted to hang himself at the age of 14. Luckily, this wasn't the end of his story, as Osbourne's father caught him in the act and intervened. Less fortunately, the elder Osbourne then reportedly proceeded to beat his son up for the trouble. Not exactly the kind of support system most kids need.
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He was abused by bullies | 0:15
He neglected his first wife | 1:34
Fired from Black Sabbath | 2:41
The death of Randy Rhoads | 3:39
Attempted murder | 4:39
He repeatedly cheated | 5:36
Addiction and substance abuse | 6:26
A life-threatening accident | 7:20
The many troubles of the Osbournes | 8:02
His less-famous children | 8:44
"Suicide Solution" | 9:45