Ozzy Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, and actor who is often considered the “Godfather of Heavy Metal”. He is one of the most popular rock stars the world has ever known and gained fame in the ’70s as the lead singer of the rock band Black Sabbath. As a member of Black Sabbath, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1979, he continued his highly successful career as a solo artist. 7 of his 11 albums were awarded platinum, a testament to how successful Ozzy Osbourne was. The legendary rock star was also inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist and also as a member of his former band.
After many years of alcohol and drug abuse, Osbourne has recently tried to stay as sober and clean as possible. According to Black Sabbath keyboarder Don Airey, Osbourne’s drug abuse problems were the reason for his leaving the band.
Ozzy Osbourne’s Bio
John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne was born on 3 December 1948 in Aston, United Kingdom. His mother, Lilian Osbourne, was a factory worker, while his father, John Thomas “Jack” Osbourne, worked as a toolmaker for the General Electric Company. Osbourne has three older sisters named Jean, Iris and Gillian and two younger brothers named Paul and Tony.
He dropped out of school at 15 and worked several small jobs to earn a living. Ozzy was sent to prison for 6 weeks because he was unable to pay the fine he was fined for robbing a shop. His father had refused to pay the fine to teach his son some discipline.
As a teenager, Ozzy was inspired to become a music star when he listened to the Beatles’ first hit, She Loves You. In his opinion, it was in this song that the dream of becoming a music star was born. This childhood dream has certainly come true for Ozzy.
He was first hired as a singer when Geezer Butler formed his first band in 1967. The band ran under different names before they finally decided on “Black Sabbath”. After 11 years as frontman of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne was dismissed from the group and replaced by Ronnie James Dio. His alcohol and drug abuse were the reasons for his expulsion.
The rock star rose above this setback and embarked on a highly successful career whose longevity earned him the title “Godfather of Heavy Metal”. Since then, he has reunited with Black Sabbath several times to record album 13 in 2013 and to make a farewell world tour.
Who is Ozzy’s His Wife? Is He Divorced?
Ozzy Osbourne first married Thelma Mayfair. The two met in a nightclub in Birmingham where Thelma Mayfair worked. They married in 1971 and took in their children Jessica and Louis. Osbourne also adopted Thelma’s son Elliot Kingsley.
However, Osbourne was anything but a model father; he was mostly absent as he often toured with Black Sabbath. Also, his alcohol and drug abuse didn’t make it better. The marriage was officially ended in June 1982.
His second marriage was with Sharon Rachael Arden. The two met while Sharon worked as a receptionist for her father Don Arden; her father was the manager of Black Sabbath at the time. Ozzy and Sharon were married on 4 July 1982, and according to him, he decided to close the union on American Independence Day so as not to forget their wedding day in the future.
Sharon Rachael Osbourne is an English television presenter, media personality, author, talent manager, and all-round businesswoman. She was a judge on America’s Got Talent. Together they have three children named Aimee, Jack, and Kelly.
Ozzy’s marriage to Sharon ended in 2016 because Ozzy Osbourne was caught cheating. He had been having an affair with his hairdresser, Michelle Pugh, for four years. Sharon was able to confirm the rumors of her former husband’s indiscretions by going through his e-mails.
The legendary musician blamed his love of alcohol for his infidelity and said it had led him to make “bad personal choices”. According to his now-former wife Sharon, she had previously caught him in bed with two of her nannies. For a woman who had gone through his dark years of drugs and so-called “demons” with Osbourne, the affair with the celebrity hairdresser was the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
Ozzy Osbourne’s Family, Children
With his first wife Thelma, Osbourne fathered two children, Jessica and Louis, and adopted Thelma’s son Elliot Kingsley. With Sharon Osbourne, he had three more children: Aimee, Jack, and Kelly.
Aimee Osbourne came into the spotlight during the family’s reality series on MTV The Osbournes. She is an actress and singer. Jack, like his mother Sharon, is also a media personality.
Kelly Osbourne is a singer and songwriter with 3 studio albums. Kelly could be heard on the hit single of her father’s Changes. She is also an actress and TV presenter and was a fashion critic in E!’s Fashion Police. Ozzy also has numerous grandchildren.
Ozzy Osbourne appeared on his family’s reality television show The Osbournes, along with his wife Sharon and two of their three children, Kelly and Jack. There were occasional appearances by his son Louis, but his eldest daughter Aimee was never part of the show.
The show was an instant phenomenon on MTV. Its last episode was broadcast in March 2005, 3 years after its premiere. Although the show did not last very long, it was enough to put the whole family in the spotlight. Ozzy and Sharon were among the richest couples in the UK in 2005.
Ozzy Osbourne is 5ft 10 inches tall and weighs 165 lbs. We can probably attribute his fit physique to his recent move to veganism. According to rock legend, watching the film Forks over Knives inspired him to make this health-conscious change.
Ozzy Osbourne’s Net Worth
Ozzy Osbourne a.k.a. the godfather of the heavy metal fortune currently has an estimated fortune of about $220 million. Below is a brief glimpse of how he came to have so much wealth.
When Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath, he received £96,000 for his share of the name. At the height of his highly successful solo career, Ozzy Osbourne raised an estimated £100 million from music sales, tours, and TV shows.
However, his highest financial gain in the 1990s was a company called “Ozzfest”. The show was an instant success, even as it gave many new rock and heavy metal artists the exposure they needed for commercial success. The Ozzfest made Osbourne the first star of its genre, generating $50 million in merchandise sales. The show eventually achieved over $100 million in sales.
Is He Dead?
Is Ozzy Osbourne dead? The answer is no, but the former Black Sabbath frontman was dead, he even died twice! According to Osbourne’s statement, he almost died in December 2017 in his villa in Buckinghamshire in an accident with a quad bike. However, he was lucky to have his bodyguard Sam Ruston, who gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation when his breathing stopped.
The accident left him in a coma for 8 days, with 8 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a shattered collarbone, and a bruised cervical vertebra. All these fatal injuries could not kill Osbourne, but they did affect his determination never to approach a bike again in his life, ever!