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Is Sharon Osbourne Overwhelmed by Marital Problems?

LOS ANGELES - JAN 24: Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne at the 2014Sharon Osbourne has been married to rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne, for more than 33 years. Over the years, the couple has faced serious adversity but always managed to stay together – until now. Over the weekend, rumors of infidelity began swirling and reports suggest that the couple are on the verge of divorce. That can be hard for anyone but it must be doubly difficult under the glare of the public eye.

Rocky History

The pair met back in 1970 when Sharon was just 18 years old. Her father was managing Black Sabbath and Ozzy was the group’s frontman. Nine years later, when he was kicked out of the band, she took on the task of directing his solo career. Within a few years, they were married.

The couple didn’t wait long to tackle parenthood. In fact, they welcomed their three children (Aimee, Kelly and Jack) in a span of just three years. While it may have seemed that they were one big happy family, the truth was that domestic violence was a real part of their lives. It reached a boiling point after Ozzy tried to strangle Sharon to death. Instead of pressing charges, she supported his decision to enter rehab and it seemed as if it strengthened their relationship.

Pop Culture Icons

In 2002, MTV launched the reality show, The Osbournes, to give us an inside look into the family’s daily comings and goings. For three years, viewers tuned in to the show that appeared to depict a family with relatively average problems but, underneath it all, they were struggling.

Sharon was battling colorectal cancer that had metastasized. To cope with the stress, their then 16-year-old daughter, Kelly, began abusing Vicodin. Her younger brother, Jack, was also battling an addiction to OxyContin. Fortunately, both Osbourne children entered rehab and were, eventually, able to gain control over their substance abuse issues. Unfortunately, there were more challenges to come.

Uphill Climb

Just when it seemed like life was improving, the Osbourne clan faced more obstacles. Jack, who had married and welcomed a child, Pearl, in 2012, was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) just three weeks after becoming a father. That same year, Sharon discovered that she was at risk for developing breast cancer and opted to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

A year later, Ozzy took to social media to announce that for 18 months, he had been abusing drugs and alcohol but that he had re-entered rehab and was working on staying clean and sober. While there were rumors about Sharon leaving him at that point, she chose to stay by his side and support him through his struggles.

New Problems

In the past, the couple have been open about Ozzy’s infidelities but, undoubtedly, Sharon, 63, hoped that those problems were well in her past. Now, she’s facing the allegations that her 67-year-old husband has had an affair with 45-year-old Michelle Pugh, a hairdresser based out of Los Angeles.

Now a co-host on the popular daytime show, The Talk, Sharon failed to show up for work this morning. According to People, a source said: “I don’t know how much more she can take. It just weighs you down. Sharon has been pretty down.” Fortunately, it seems as though her children and grandchildren helped make it a good Mother’s Day for her.

Statement from The Talk

The producers and Sharon’s coworkers on the daytime show realize that their viewers are concerned so, on Monday, in her absence, co-host, Julie Chen, took a moment to address the elephant in the room.

She explained: “There were many tabloid headlines this weekend about Sharon and her husband Ozzy, rumors and speculation that they have split up after 33 years of marriage. Sharon understandably took today off. We are sending all of our love to her and to her family, and we ask that you do the same.”

All relationships have their ups and downs so, hopefully, Sharon and Ozzy will find a solution that works best for them and their family.

Is Sharon Osbourne Overwhelmed by Marital Problems?

Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne has been a celebrity blogger for eight years and also teaches psychology at the college level. In addition to her passion for mental health, she is an avid reader, hockey fan and mother of four.

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Croteau, J. (2016). Is Sharon Osbourne Overwhelmed by Marital Problems?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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