Few families are as instantly recognizable as the Osbourne family. From patriarch Ozzy Osbourne‘s rocker roots, to mom Sharon Osbourne‘s talk show, son Jack Osbourne‘s travel and fitness career, and daughter Kelly Osbourne‘s success on the music stage and beyond, the family is truly Hollywood royalty. But being royalty doesn’t spare one from the very real struggles of being human, and Kelly Osbourne has recently shared that she has suffered a relapse after nearly four years of sobriety. The successful entrepreneur and best pal of Vegas king Jeff Beacher, Kelly is bravely sharing her struggles after a promise to always be honest about her sobriety.
Kelly Shares About her Relapse
Osbourne has long been honest and open about her struggle with addiction to drugs in alcohol. The singer and model’s first celebration of sobriety came in 2018; she felt compelled to share her success after her friend Demi Lovato‘s overdose. Osbourne thanked her parents at the time and said that the past year had been the hardest of her life as she worked to overcome the pull of substances and find new ways to cope. People shared, “‘To cut a long story short things got really dark. I gave up on everything in my life but most of all I gave up on myself. Life on life’s terms became too much for me to handle. The only way I knew how to function was to self-medicate and go from project to project so I never had to focus on what was really going on with me. Something had to give… and it did,’ she continued.
‘I have [spent] the past year truly working on my mind body and soul! I had to take a step out of the public eye away from work and give myself a chance to heal and figure out who the f— I really am without a camera in my face.'”
Since then, Osbourne has marked several more milestones and focused on her health. Alongside her bestie Beacher, Osbourne has been a fitness and health enthusiast, and the pair has been photographed out walking together, joyfully embracing their combined 340+lb weight loss.
But just because you’re doing good with sobriety doesn’t mean you’re immune to relapse, as Osbourne experienced recently. An emotional Instagram post shared details of what she’s experienced. Per People, “‘This is a little hard for me to talk about, but I’ve always promised you that I will always be honest with you about where I’m at and what’s going on in my road to recovery.’
‘I relapsed. Not proud of it,’ said Osbourne, 36, on her Instagram Story. ‘But I am back on track, and I will be doing a podcast this week where I tell everybody about what’s going on and what happened.’
The Project Runway Junior judge went on to say that she was ‘sober today and I’m gonna be sober tomorrow, but it truly is just one day at a time.’
‘And I just wanted to tell you guys the truth, ’cause I never, ever want to lie to you,’ Osbourne said, concluding, ‘Thank you so much for your support and your love, and you’ll be hearing from me soon.'”
Although Osbourne says she’s not proud of relapsing which is understandable, she does have a lot to be proud of. Statistics show that somewhere between 40% to 60% of recovering addicts will suffer a relapse at some point on their journey. But the will to continue is what matters in the end, and Osbourne has that will in spades. After 4 years, Osbourne is practiced at coping strategies that will help her get back on track and embrace the sober life she’s forged for herself out of sheer determination.
Relapse News Comes Weeks after Launching Podcast with Pal Beacher
It may be surprising to realize that relapse often comes not only at times of the greatest strife in the life of a recovering addict, but times of joy as well. Sometimes the good feelings from life can cause a recovering addict to lower their guard, and addiction is always waiting to pounce. Osbourne’s relapse comes in the midst of her newest project with best friend Beacher; a podcast titled, “The Kelly Osbourne and Jeff Beacher Show.” The show is aimed at reliving the magic of the Beacher Madhouse years and sharing stories of their time there.
So while it seems like life should be peachy and give Osbourne no reason to relapse, addiction recovery doesn’t always work that way. The relapse has led some to wonder if the podcast’s future is in jeopardy; will her recovery require her to stay away from familiarity with the life that led to her addiction? Reliving the Madhouse years; are they a trigger? Since Osbourne shared in her Insta post that she plans to discuss the relapse and her return to sobriety on the podcast, it seems as though the future of the show is not at all at risk.
Celebs Who Have Relapsed
Osbourne is far from alone in her stumble. Last year, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell got candid about Shepard’s relapse. The actor relapsed after coping poorly with his father’s death, and Bell helped him open up about his stumble and get back on the path to recovery. Bell said on Shepard that she was supporting him through relapse because he’s, “very, very worth it.”
One of Osbourne’s good friends, Lovato, has also suffered relapses. At one point hospitalized from a scary overdose, the talented singer and actress has grappled with her demons and won every time.
Actors Ben Affleck and Demi Moore have also been open with the public about their struggles and relapses, but both have managed sobriety with help from loved ones. Singer Macklemore has spoken about his commitment to sobriety after several relapses when finding out that his wife was pregnant with their child.
Addiction is a Lifelong Battle
While everyone’s battle is personal and Osbourne’s feelings of disappointment are valid, relapse is a reality for most recovering addicts. The fact that one can relapse isn’t about weakness of character or lack of control, it’s about a disease that never sleeps and never relents. While addiction is only in recent years being discussed with compassion, the reality is that recovering addicts are strong and they grapple with things most people don’t even give a second thought.
Now that Osbourne knows what can trigger a relapse in her life, she is well poised to prepare for the next one. Relapsing doesn’t end the journey; staying focused and determined is what counts in the end. We at CELEB wish Osbourne well in her continued sobriety, and on her new podcast with Beacher.