Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne first met in 1970 when her father was working as Black Sabbath’s manager
Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in July 2023, but the pair have known each other even longer than that. They were introduced in 1970 when Sharon's father, Don Arden, worked for Ozzy's band Black Sabbath.
The couple got serious when Sharon took over managing duties after Ozzy left Black Sabbath, and they got married in Hawaii in 1982. They went on to have three children together: Aimée, Kelly and Jack Osbourne. Kelly and Jack joined their parents on four seasons of The Osbournes in March 2002, and the family was collectively launched into international fame for a new generation of fans.
Sharon and Ozzy have endured a lot over the years but have also maintained a refreshing honesty about their highs and lows. In honor of their 40th wedding anniversary, Sharon dedicated a heartfelt message to her husband that encapsulated their time together.
"Over 52 years we have been friends, lovers, husband & wife, grandparents and soulmates," she captioned an Instagram photo of them holding hands. "Always at each other's side. I love you Ozzy."
Here's everything to know about Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne's relationship.
1970: Ozzy and Sharon meet
Sharon and Ozzy were introduced in 1970 when she was only 18 years old. Her father was managing Ozzy's band Black Sabbath at the time, but sparks didn't fly between them until several years later.
1979: Sharon begins managing Ozzy
Nearly a decade later, Ozzy was kicked out of Black Sabbath due to substance abuse issues, and he spent three months in a hotel under the influence until Sharon stepped in and helped him recover. She also took over as his manager the same year. After encouraging him to pursue a solo career, he released his 1980 debut single "Crazy Train," and it became a hit.
Around the same time, Sharon and Ozzy started dating.
July 4, 1982: Ozzy and Sharon get married
Ozzy and Sharon wed on July 4, 1982, in Hawaii. Their wedding came mere months after Ozzy finalized his divorce from his first wife, Thema Riley, whom he was married to when he and Sharon began their relationship.
1983-1985: Ozzy and Sharon welcome their children Aimée, Kelly and Jack
Sharon and Ozzy welcomed their first child, Aimée, in London on Sept. 2, 1983. The following year, their second baby, daughter Kelly, was born on Oct. 27, 1984. They welcomed their third child and only son, Jack, on Nov. 8, 1985.
While Kelly and Jack followed their parents into the spotlight, Aimée has lived the most private life. She chose not to participate in the family's MTV reality series in the early 2000s and later explained to New York's Q1043 radio show why she made the choice.
"It definitely worked great for the rest of my family, but for me, and who I am, I just knew it was never something that I would have been able to consider realistically," she said in August 2020.
1989: Ozzy is arrested for attempted murder
In 1989, Ozzy was arrested for attempting to kill Sharon while under the influence. Sharon later discussed the incident with The Guardian in 2001, claiming Ozzy told her, "I've decided you have to go," before lunging at her and trying to strangle her. She called the police, who arrested him on the spot.
Ultimately, Sharon didn't press charges against her husband, who was ordered to rehab for three months. She told the outlet, "He was totally insane from all the drink and drugs he was doing, and well, these things happen."
In 2022, the singer told PEOPLE, "I wasn't exactly Mr. Prince Charming when I drank booze."
March 5, 2002: Ozzy and Sharon's family reality show, The Osbournes, premieres
After the 1989 incident, the Osbourne family seemed to enjoy a few quiet years while Sharon and Ozzy raised their three children. That said, in March 2002, they announced that four of the five family members would star in an MTV reality show called The Osbournes.
The show was a success and introduced the family to a new generation. "Surprised is the f------ understatement of the millennium!" Ozzy told Hot Press in December 2002 of his reaction to the show being such a success.
"I mean, before we did the TV show, I was Ozzy Osbourne the legendary rock'n'roller, and now I'm this f------ demi-god!" he added. "I'm on the front of all these f------ magazines ... f--- me, it's mad!"
April 15, 2013: Ozzy and Sharon deny divorce rumors
The Osbourne family starred on their TV show for four years before stepping back from public life again. However, in 2013, rumors began circulating that Ozzy had relapsed and the pair were preparing to divorce.
The musician was quick to set the record straight, writing on Facebook, "For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an a------ to the people I love most, my family," he wrote. "However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober."
Additionally, Ozzy clarified that he and Sharon were not divorcing. "I'm just trying to be a better person," he continued. "I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends, and my band mates for my insane behavior during this period ... and my fans. God Bless, Ozzy."
May 8, 2016: Ozzy and Sharon briefly separate after Ozzy's rumored infidelity
Three years after Ozzy denied divorce rumors, the couple briefly split. At the time, a source told PEOPLE that Sharon believed Ozzy was having an affair.
While Ozzy moved out of the pair's home, another source close to the couple told PEOPLE that they would probably work through the issue.
“He’ll be back,” the source said.
July 25, 2016: Ozzy says his marriage with Sharon is "back on track"
A few months later, Sharon and Ozzy's relationship seemed to be moving in the right direction. In an interview with Good Morning America, he described the separation as a "bump in the road" and said, "I'm back on track again."
Ozzy went on to add that even though the pair's marriage had been through a lot, they were still committed. "Some days good, some days terrible, some days you just drift apart for a while," he said. "But you get back on the horse, you know."
That same day, Sharon also publicly forgave her husband. She said on The Talk, "I forgive. It's going to take a long time to trust, but we've been together 36 years, 34 of marriage … I just can't think of my life without him."
August 3, 2016: Ozzy's mistress Michelle Pugh opens up about their affair to PEOPLE
Weeks later, Ozzy's former hairstylist Michelle Pugh spoke to PEOPLE about her extramarital affair with the singer. Pugh claimed that she and Ozzy had a four-year affair that began in 2012.
“I can’t deny that I fell in love with a married man that pursued me, but this narrative that is out there that I am some groupie that went after him because of money — it’s just simply not true,” she told PEOPLE. “That is not the situation.”
At the time, a representative for Ozzy told PEOPLE that the musician was in "intense therapy" for sex addiction and that Pugh "took their sexual relationship out of context."
"He is sorry if Ms. Pugh took their sexual relationship out of context. He would like to apologize to the other women he has been having sexual relationships with," the rep said in a statement. "Out of the bad comes good. Since his relationship with Ms. Pugh was exposed, Ozzy has gone into intense therapy."
Sharon later told The Telegraph in September 2017 how she reacted to the news of Ozzy's infidelity. "When I found out about the hairdresser, I couldn’t believe it," she said. "He was doing it to fill the void in some way.”
September 2016: Ozzy and Sharon reconcile
“I am trying to learn – I try to not let things faze me. Before I was like [she makes a loud roar], ‘How dare they this and how dare they that,’ ” she continued. “I was riled up at the slightest thing and then you realize as you get older that all these things aren’t really important.”
May 14, 2017: Ozzy and Sharon renew their wedding vows
Sharon and Ozzy decided to renew their wedding vows in Las Vegas on Mother's Day in 2017.
A few days later, Ozzy told Hello! that the day meant the most to him. "For me, this was actually our real wedding day. This is the one that I will remember," he said. "Sharon and I have been through so much, and this honestly feels like a new beginning."
He added of his previous infidelities, “I made a huge mistake. Without Sharon, I am nothing. I love her. I can honestly say that I have never loved anybody other than my wife.”
September 4, 2017: Sharon opens up about Ozzy's extramarital affairs
In September 2017, Sharon addressed Ozzy's affairs during an interview with The Telegraph. She claimed that his extramarital relations weren't limited to Pugh, as there were six women he was involved with.
"Some Russian teenager, then a masseuse in England, our masseuse [in the U.S.] and then our cook," Sharon said. "He had women in different countries. Basically, if you're a woman giving Ozzy either a back rub or a trolley of food, God help you."
She also shared how she found out about the affairs in the first place — via email. "Ozzy on one couch and me on the other, and suddenly, he sends me this email," she explained. "'Why did you send me this stupid email?' I asked."
"When Ozzy told me that he hadn't sent me anything, I grabbed his phone and said, 'Look!' And of course it was a message meant for one of his bloody women," the former TV personality concluded.
November 27, 2020: Ozzy says he regrets having affairs
Ozzy revisited the topic of his affairs in a November 2020 interview with British GQ. He told the magazine he wished he could take those situations back.
"I've done some pretty outrageous things in my life. I regret cheating on my wife. I don't do it anymore," he said. "I got my reality check and I'm lucky she didn't leave me. I'm not proud of that. I was pissed off with myself. But I broke her heart."
May 21, 2021: Ozzy supports Sharon following her exit from The Talk
Sharon came under fire in March 2021 when she defended her friend Piers Morgan while discussing his remarks about Meghan Markle's mental health after her and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. Following an on-air exchange with fellow co-host Sheryl Underwood, Sharon addressed claims that she was racist and issued an apology but soon after exited the CBS daytime show.
While speaking on his Sirius XM show Ozzy's Boneyard, the singer defended his wife. "I'll tell you, she is possibly the most unracist person I've ever met," he said. "I'm not just saying that, you know?"
September 15, 2021: Sharon reveals she and Ozzy had a "volatile" relationship
Sharon opened up about her relationship with Ozzy while speaking to DailyMailTV ahead of a documentary about the pair. She didn't shy away from the details and told the outlet, "Our fights were legendary because we would beat the s--- out of each other. It stopped, must be, 20 years ago, but we had a good run."
October 22, 2021: Ozzy and Sharon announce a movie about their relationship is in the works
In October 2021, Sharon and Ozzy revealed that the ups and downs of their decades together would be the subject of a movie by Lee Hall.
"Our relationship at times was often wild, insane and dangerous but it was our undying love that kept us together," Sharon told Variety "We're thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures and Polygram to bring our story to the screen."
The outlet also reported that the film will be produced by Aimée and Jack's production company, Osbourne Media. It's also set to feature music from Black Sabbath.
July 4, 2022: Ozzy and Sharon celebrate 40 years of marriage
Sharon and Ozzy hit a major milestone on July 4, 2022, when they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Sharon later told PEOPLE the pair opted for a quiet staycation. "We never left our suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel," she said. "It was brilliant."
Ozzy marveled at the anniversary as well. "When we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, I said to Sharon, 'Where did the years go?' " he added. "It's just ridiculous. I mean, 40 years is amazing. It shouldn't have lasted this long."
August 19, 2022: Ozzy and Sharon vacation in Hawaii
She later posted a photo of the pair kissing in a pool.
September 15, 2022: Sharon says she and Ozzy are "still in love"
Sharon and Ozzy reflected on their decades together in a September 2022 interview with PEOPLE. "We never gave up on each other," she said. "I mean, I wasn't a saint. Ozzy wasn't a saint. I gave him as good as he gave me. We're just meant to be."
"Also, you have to realize that you can't change anyone," Sharon added. "At the beginning, you go, 'After he's been with me a while, he'll change. He'll calm down.' You can't change anyone, so a lot of it is acceptance."
February 1, 2023: Sharon is "heartbroken" for Ozzy after he cancels tour due to spinal injury
In February 2023, Ozzy announced he couldn't complete his U.K. and European tour because of a longtime injury, which stemmed from a 2003 ATV accident. The month prior, the musician also revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Although he could sing, Ozzy recognized that his body was "still physically weak" following multiple procedures, and he "couldn't deal" with the traveling aspect of a tour. "This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans," he wrote in a statement posted on Instagram. "Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way."
Speaking with The Sun in April 2023, Sharon opened up about what it was like for her husband behind the scenes. Despite the slow recover, she's optimistic he'll return to the big stage eventually.
“The biggest love affair of Ozzy’s life is his audience and performing,” she said. “He misses the live audience, he misses his fans terribly. He feels he’s let them down. Performing is what he is born to do."
"Ozzy says to me that he can’t do anything as good as performing," Sharon continued. "I get heartbroken when I hear him say that and knowing he cannot go out and do what he is meant to do. But he will get there.”
September 12, 2023: Ozzy and Sharon relaunch their family podcast with kids Aimée, Kelly and Jack
After originally debuting the project in 2018, the Osbournes revealed that they were back with season 2 of the podcast — this time featuring everyone, including Ozzy and Sharon's eldest daughter Aimée, who didn't appear in their MTV reality TV show.
"5 years later and the gang’s all here! The Osbourne Family is back together for a brand new podcast filled with laughter, stories and good vibes," read an Instagram post about the news.
Comprised of 20 total episodes, The Osbournes Podcast will "dive into the worlds of celebrity, true crime, rock and roll, culture," according to a teaser.
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