Jack Joseph Osbourne (born November 8, 1985) is the son of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. He was born in London to Ozzy and his wife Sharon. Jack Osbourne has stated that his childhood was “perfectly happy and contented”.
Jack lived in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, then his parents moved the family to Los Angeles, but a year later the family returned to Buckinghamshire. When he was 11 they moved back to southern California, Beverly Hills. School was difficult for Jack, he was diagnosed with a form of dyslexia at the age of eight, and ADHD at the age of 10.
At 14 he was offered an internship at Virgin Records, where his mother was managing the band The Smashing Pumpkins. Later he started A&R scouting for Epic Records, where his father had been on for many years. Osbourne also helped his mother in managing his father’s annual touring festival, Ozzfest, advising her about up-and-coming bands.
Jack started partying heavily, drinking whisky, and smoking marijuana. He made the headlines on April 21, 2003, when he was admitted to a child psychiatric ward for an addiction to OxyContin.
Osbourne’s drug addiction escalated after his mother was diagnosed with cancer; he was as well battling his own depression. His self-destructive behavior came to a head when he attempted suicide by taking a cocktail of prescription pills and cutting his hands with shards of glass. He woke up 12 hours later. Osbourne continued with his drug use until he realized that he “never wants to feel this way ever again” and admitted himself into an adolescent psychiatric ward. He spent 10 days detoxing and was moved to an adolescent rehabilitation center in Malibu, where he enrolled in a recovery program.
Jack married Lisa Stelly on April 24, 2012, and they had 3 children before divorcing on March 5, 2019. Osbourne became engaged to fashion designer Aree Gearhart in December 2021. They welcomed their first child together, a daughter, in July 2022. In June 2012, Osbourne announced that he had been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis for which he injects Copaxone medication daily, uses vitamin supplements and hormone replacement therapy, and has traveled to Europe for stem cell therapy. He is doing well under the conditions.
Jack started on television in 1991 appearing on The Joan Rivers Show, the “Rock and Roll Dads” episode. In 2001, he was in the documentary “We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘n Roll”. From 2000-2002 he was in the TV series “Cribs”. He was in the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Also in 2002, Jack was on an episode of “MADtv”. From 2002-2005 he was on the show “The Osbournes” with his family. He appeared in all 52 episodes. In 2003 he was a guest judge on “Star Search”, 7 episodes of “The Sharon Osbourne Show” and 7 episodes of “Howard Stern”.
Jack was in bunches of one-off TV episodes when in 2005 he started his own show “Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie” a British reality television series on ITV2, series 1 focused on Jack Osbourne’s globe-trekking six-month quest to get in physical and mental shape to climb the rockface of California’s El Capitan mountain, the show documents Osbourne running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, following a strict exercise regimen, Muay Thai training in Thailand, and “an overall 180-degree mental make-over”.
In 2007, he appeared in 4 episodes of “Armed & Famous”, and in 2009 was in 6 episodes of “Osbournes Reloaded”. In 2013 he was in 10 episodes of “Dancing with the Stars” as a contestant. Jack had been interested in the paranormal since childhood and started pursuing that in television. In 2012 in a documentary “Celebrity Ghost Stories”, an episode of “Talking Dead” in 2013, and 4 episodes of “Haunted Highway”.
Jack and his dad traveled around the globe on the History channel “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour” for 28 episodes (2016-2018). I didn’t miss an episode of this series. Again back to the paranormal with “The Osbournes: Night of Terror” in 2020 and then 20 episodes of “The Osbournes Want to Believe” in 2020-2021). Jack appears with the Ghost Brothers on a paranormal clip show called “Fright Club”. They try to scare each other with the creepiest paranormal videos they can find.
Jack’s latest TV series is “Portals to Hell” where he searches for ghosts with paranormal researcher Katrina Weidman. Jack is also the executive producer on the series which had 34 episodes at the time of this post.
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