Kelly Osbourne Hits Her Stride


Ozzy’s Daughter Overcomes Addiction and Lyme Disease to Tell Her Story in New Book

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“What I’ve learnt is that no amount of therapy or medication is going to work unless you want it to. Until you want to be a good person, you never will be one.” That’s according to Ozzy’s daughter Kelly Osbourne, in a 2015 interview with Cosmopolitan UK.

In that interview, Osbourne reported that her addictions began at age 13 with Vicodin, and led her to take as many as 100 pills a day at the peak of her addiction. By the time MTV made her famous as the gloriously irreverent, foul-mouthed daughter of The Osbournes, Kelly had become a self-medicating 17-year-old whose battles with substance abuse would lead her mother to extreme measures. The 32 year old star writes: ”Mum once locked me in a mental institution for three days and it scared the hell out of me … I had to wear paper shoes, since I could potentially kill myself with a shoelace and wasn’t allowed to have anything metal not even a spoon. I was suicidal by medical standards but I heard mum’s message loud and clear: stop using drugs before I was gone for good.”

Through all of that, Kelly’s insistence about the importance of a patient’s will held true: she couldn’t get better because she didn’t want to get better. Eventually, after four stints in rehab, she “realized I could only save myself,” and Osbourne emerged sober in 2010. Since that time, she’s made a remarkable discovery: much of the pain that led her to self-medicate in the early 2000s actually had a medical cause. Osbourne was carrying undiagnosed Lyme disease from a tick bite all the way back in 2004.

You read that correctly: in truly bizarre, only-an-Osbourne fashion, Kelly was bitten by a tick when her mother turned the backyard into a reindeer sanctuary for Ozzy’s birthday.

Osbourne’s new book, There Is No F*cking Secret: Letters From a Badass Bitch, details that story—the random pain she experienced for a full decade, and the nagging thought that something was wrong, all culminating in a 2013 seizure. That episode led to a diagnosis of epilepsy. However, medical attempts to manage her epilepsy led to a terminal loop: medicine A, to treat her epilepsy, led to side effects. Those side effects were managed by medicine B, whose side effects necessitated medicine C, and so on down the line. According to Osbourne, “I had pills to deal with the anxiety I was having from taking so many pills.”

In 2014, she put a halt to her epilepsy treatment when she realized she had been prescribed enough pills to stretch across her entire kitchen counter. She told her then-fiance, “I can’t live like this anymore.” Off her medications, Osbourne actually self-diagnosed her condition using online symptom checklists; then, after talking a family doctor into testing her, she received a positive diagnosis for Lyme disease.

Now sober and healthy, Kelly Osbourne is entering the prime of her career. She’s never been afraid to speak her mind; now, we get to see what the actress, musician, executive, and designer will do with it in the future.