Kelly Osbourne said she’s “filled with gratitude” as she celebrated two major milestones in her life. The Osbournes star turned 37 Wednesday, which happened to mark her fifth month of sobriety.
“Today marks my 37th birthday, and I’m 5 months sober!!! I am filled with so much gratitude, it’s almost overwhelming!” she wrote.
Kelly Osbourne struggled with drug abuse most of her life. She started abusing opioids at 13 after surgery, she explained to Jada Smith and her daughter, Willow, on their Red Table Talk series. Osbourne graduated from Vicodin to heroin.
She said the drugs gave her confidence.
“I went from having every voice in my head being like, ‘You’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re not good enough, no one likes you, you don’t deserve this, people only like you because of who your parents are.’
“And then all of a sudden, every single voice was silenced, and it felt like life gave me a hug.”
But she got sober years ago after her mom Sharon caught her buying heroin and sent her to rehab “the next day,” Osbourne told the Smiths. Though she relapsed last year during COVID-19 quarantine.
“I was alone, sitting by a pool and waiting for somebody to come have a meeting with me. And I saw this woman and her husband had a glass of champagne. It looked really nice and I was like, ‘I can do that, too,’” she said, according to ABC News. “And the next day, I had two glasses. And the day after that, it was bottles.”
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Osbourne said a “nervous breakdown” earlier this year prompted her to get clean. People close to her said her mom’s public fight with co-hosts on The Talk and eventually firing, and her dad’s fight against Parkinson’s Disease was too much. She realized she was self-medicating with alcohol and decided to get help.
She also admitted that she’s used work to hide her addictions and avoid her problems. In an honest 2018 Instagram post, Kelly Osbourne said it was easier to stay busy and drink rather than fix her issues.
“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.”
Her brother, Jack Osbourne, got sober 18 years ago. Her dad also gave up drugs and alcohol seven years ago.