Kelly Osbourne: “I’ve Been to Rehab Seven Times and Two Mental Institutions”
Kelly Osbourne gets candid in the September issue of Cosmopolitan UK, opening up about her multiple stints in rehab and how her personal problems nearly derailed her career.
“I’ve been to rehab seven times and to two mental institutions,” the former reality star reveals, going on confess, “My mum even had me put in a padded cell once to scare me.” She continues, “But like a brat I just sat it out until she said, ‘Well, that’s not going to work.'” Osbourne, who admits she used to hide her drugs because she “wanted them all” to herself, says, “What changed for me was looking around and seeing that nobody liked me or wanted to work with me.”
The “Fashion Police” co-host also discusses the life lessons that came along with helping her mom Sharon through cancer and her dad Ozzy after a serious bike accident. “When I was 18, I was set to play Lindsay Lohan’s best friend in Freaky Friday. Then my mum got diagnosed with cancer,” recalls Osbourne. “I was faced with the choice of a career or spending what could have been the last days of my mother’s life with her.”
“I said, ‘F**k you, career, hello, Mother.’ I became my mum’s nurse 24/7,” says Osbourne, noting, “I gave her injections and medicines when she had seizures. I even had a parking space at the hospital with my name on it. I thought I was going to lose her — it was awful.”
And after her dad had a crash a decade ago, Osbourne remembers, “He couldn’t move from the neck down and was basically a paraplegic, so I slept on the floor by the side of his bed for four months. I brushed his teeth and washed his clothes, and every day we’d put on our swimsuits and I’d shower him.” “Not many people can say they’ve wiped their mother and father’s arses more than they’ve wiped their own,” she adds.
But Osbourne relishes changing people’s misconceptions of her. “I can’t lie; it’s been hard having people say, ‘You’re fat,’ and, ‘You’re a beached whale,’” she says, “but I’ve been judged since I popped out, and I’ve never known anything else.”
“What’s been great is overcoming that and understanding that these people are just idiots who hurt your feelings because they want a reaction,” says the TV personality, adding, “I’m proud of proving them wrong.” Osbourne’s full interview will hit newsstands on Thursday.