Who is Jack Osbourne?
Jack Joseph Osbourne is a British media personality and a fitness and travel reporter. He is also known as the son of renowned English heavy metal singer, songwriter, and television personality Ozzy Osbourne and his second wife and manager, Sharon. Jack starred with his parents and elder sister Kelly in the MTV aired American reality television program The Osbournes that featured domestic life of his family. Jack also starred with his father in the American reality television series Ozzy & Jack's World Detour for three seasons with Kelly joining the third one. As a fitness and travel reporter Jack has presented shows like Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie and Saving Planet Earth. Jack made an announcement in 2012 that he had been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. He has since been advocating for this demyelinating disease. He holds dual American and British citizenship.
Childhood & Early Life
Jack Joseph Osbourne was born on November 8, 1985, in London, England, in the family of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, of the English rock band Black Sabbath, and his second wife and manager Sharon (née Levy). His eldest sister Aimee Rachel Osbourne is an actress and singer and second elder sister Kelly Michelle Lee Osbourne is a model, actress, singer, and fashion designer. He also has two paternal half-siblings, Louis John Osbourne and Jessica Hobbs, through his father's first marriage with Thelma (née Riley). Jack’s maternal grandfather Don Arden was an English businessman, music manager and agent who managed careers of several rock acts like Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath.
Jack mentioned that he had a "perfectly happy and contented" childhood. He lived with his family in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire till age six before relocating with them to Los Angeles. The family returned to Buckinghamshire after a year and again relocated to Beverly Hills in Southern California when Jack was 11. Relocating places affected Jack’s school life to some extent as he developed a disliking for going to school. Moreover while attending a Christian school in Los Angeles Jack was diagnosed with a type of dyslexia at age eight and ADHD at age ten. He later attended the special needs Park Century School in Los Angeles after returning there from England.
He received an internship offer from Virgin Records at age 14. His mother was managing the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins there at that time and when she stopped managing the band, Jack began A&R scouting for Epic Records, a label with which his father was associated for several years.
Jack Osbourne's parents also organised the Ozzfest with him. It was an annual music festival tour founded by his parents and featured bands of different genres within heavy metal and hard rock. Jack would advise his mother on up-and-coming bands.
Jack became drunk with whisky for the first time on his thirteenth birthday and started drinking regularly and smoking marijuana by the time he became fourteen. He also became too much of a party animal. He was admitted to a child psychiatric ward for an addiction to OxyContin. The news made headlines on April 21, 2003. His own depression added with the news of his mother’s diagnosis with cancer led Jack to get more addicted to drugs. He became self-destructive and at one instance he tried to take his own life after he called his girlfriend and heard voice of her ex-boyfriend on the other side of the line. Jack later got admitted to an adolescent psychiatric ward. After 10 days of detoxing he joined an adolescent rehabilitation center in Malibu and underwent a recovery program.
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Jack Osbourne rose to prominence starring in the American reality television program called The Osbournes that featured domestic life of his family. The series was aired on MTV for four seasons from March 5, 2002 to March 21, 2005. Apart from garnering highest ratings in MTV history, the series also bagged a 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program. Jack was mostly featured as a rebellious teenager in the show who liked partying and fighting with his sister Kelly.
Meanwhile Jack, his parents and Kelly featured as themselves in cameo roles in the July 26, 2002, released blockbuster hit American spy comedy film Austin Powers in Goldmember. He and Kelly subsequently appeared in a Super Bowl XXXVI advertisement for Pepsi Twist.
He launched and starred in his own comedy reality TV series Union Jack in 2003. It aired on Channel 4 and was about his life in Los Angeles. The following year he featured in the small role of a music promoter called Justin in the American comedy film New York Minute starring the Olsen twins.
Jack Osbourne was seen in cameos singing Ice Ice Baby as a Goth rapper in the British reality television music competition The X Factor. He appeared twice in the show in 2004 and 2017 respectively.
He co-presented the after show programme of the ITV aired British television programme Celebrity Wrestling called Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On! with Holly Willoughby on ITV2 in 2005. Same year in February he participated in t'ai chi and climbing exercises in the reality television programme Extreme Celebrity Detox on Channel 4. This probably encouraged him to launch his own British reality television show on ITV2 titled Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie. The show ran for five series from October 1, 2005,�to October 20, 2009.
Series 1 of Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie focused on his 6 months globe-trekking quest in pursuit of getting into good physical and mental shape to climb the rockface of El Capitan mountain in California. He lost 23 kg at a Muay Thai martial arts camp in Pattaya, Thailand to climb El Capitan and achieved such feat in the first series. The show that also featured Jack following a strict exercise regimen; running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; training for sports like rock climbing and mountaineering; doing a jungle trek in Belize; and making "an overall 180-degree mental make-over" was broadcast on ITV2 in the UK, the Travel Channel in the US, on MuchMusic in Canada, The LifeStyle Channel in Australia and GOtv in South Africa. Meanwhile, in 2005, he did two semi-naked photo shoots for June and December issues of Cosmopolitan magazine to show effects of his weight loss in pursuit of raising awareness for testicular cancer.
In 2006, Jack participated in Sport Relief to raise funds for charity and defeated the formed S Club 7 singer Bradley McIntosh during third Sport Relief Celebrity Boxing bout.
He starred in the short-lived American reality television series Armed & Famous that aired on CBS from January 10-24 in 2007. A woman called Lyndsay Clements from Muncie, Indiana, whose house was wrongfully raided during filming of the show, sued Jack.
The first music video directed by Jack was for his dad's song Life Won't Wait from the album Scream in August 2010.
Jack Osbourne produced and featured in the documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne made on his father. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, 2011, and was released on DVD in November that year.
He starred in the paranormal investigation, reality television series Haunted Highway that aired on the Syfy network for two six-episode seasons from July 3, 2012 to December 18, 2013.
Jack has also starred with his father in the US worldwide buddy travelogue series Ozzy & Jack's World Detour that saw them travelling across the world visiting one or more sites to know about their history from experts. The show has so far aired for three seasons on the History Channel from July 24, 2016, to August 8, 2018, with Jack’s sister Kelly joining the third season.
Other works of Jack includes appearing in the American television period sitcom That '70s Show (2003), in the American teen drama television series Dawson's Creek (2002-03), in the British children's entertainment programme Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown (2005) and the American reality competition television series Hell's Kitchen (2010); participating in the Mongol Rally in 2007 with Amaryllis Knight, daughter of News Corporation director Andrew Knight; working for Fuse News from February 2013 to early 2014; and filming a programme for the BBC's Saving Planet Earth series in Namibia.
Jack had his first child, Pearl Clementine Osbourne, with girlfriend and actress Lisa Stelly on April 24, 2012. Jack and Lisa married in Hawaii on October 7 that year. The following year they lost their second child due to a miscarriage. The couple eventually had two more children, Andy Rose Osbourne on June 13, 2015, and Minnie Theodora Osbourne on February 3, 2018. Jack and Lisa announced their separation on May 18, 2018 and the couple’s divorce was finalized on March 5, 2019.
Jack declared in June 2012 that he was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and since then he advocates for the multiple sclerosis community.