Sharon Osbourne cries about Jack’s MS; he says ‘my folks handled it worse than I did’

We just heard yesterday that 26 year-old father of one and former reality star, Jack Osbourne, was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is an autoimmune disease that destroys the myelin sheath of the nerves, causing all sorts of neurological problems in sufferers. (Here’s a link to a quick explanation by Dr. Oz of how the disease can progress.)

As some of you mentioned in the comments, MS has several different types which vary in severity. In his Hello! interview, Jack revealed that he has “relapsing remitting” MS, which is considered the “mildest” form of the disease, relatively, and is characterized by doctors as “very treatable.” In the interview and in some of his tweets after the news came out, Jack sounded like he was keeping positive about his diagnosis. He said “I’ve got too many responsibilities now to dwell on the fact that, in 40 years, I could be in a wheelchair. You have to take it a day at a time.” He did mention that his mom Sharon was taking it very hard, though, and seemed to blame herself:

My uncle on her side has MS and, the way my mum is, she thinks that somehow it’s her fault. Both my parents were handling it way worse than I was; they were pretty shaken up about the whole thing. They felt upset for me more than anything, and with the timing being so horrible, so soon after [his daughter] Pearl’s birth.”

In a recent appearance on her show The Talk, Sharon couldn’t keep it together at all when talking about Jack’s MS. He got the diagnosis about a month ago, and it’s obviously still hitting her hard. She thanked everyone for their well wishes for Jack. “Thank you to everyone for all their good wishes. It’s been amazing … for Jack ’cause I really believe that vibes of prayer help.” Sharon also cracked me up a little when she said “What I’m doing is not helping anyone because I’m just feeling sorry for myself. So we have to think positively.” I normally don’t like Sharon at all, but this made me feel for her as a mom. For all you can say about The Osbournes being crass so-and-sos who love to pick fights with people, they sure are a tight family.

Jack also tweeted thanks to people who have supported him throughout this. He also wrote in his new motto #adaptandovercome.

For those of you who know about MS, like our reader Lin who was also recently diagnosed, Jack revealed his treatment plan in Hello!. He said he’s “about to start a medication called Copaxone, which is a daily injection – a huge amount of fluid that I’ll have to self-inject. It helps control inflammation.” He also said that “A huge part of MS is lifestyle. Eat healthily, don’t drink or smoke, exercise and minimize stress… Everyone should be doing this.” Good advice, and stay well, Jack, Lin and all our friends who are battling MS and other chronic diseases. It can’t be easy and we’re thinking of you.

The Sun has a surprisingly nice article today featuring profiles of three young MS sufferers, like Jack. Oh and he’s going to be on The Talk Wednesday to discuss his illness.

Jack is shown out yesterday with his fiance, Lisa Stelly, and their dogs. Credit: Nathanael Jones,

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  1. beyonce's bump says:

    man, this must be such a sad time for all involved especially the mother and wife. Stay strong Sharon!

  2. fancyamazon says:

    Oh, I did not know about this. I wish him well. One of our friends rob ably has MS, but I’m not sure which type. The doctors are still ruling things out and running tests, but one told him the other day that he had never seen this particular set of symptoms be anything else. It is devastating. Very sad.

  3. Incredulous says:

    Staying positive helps a lot. A friend of mine was recently nearly diagnosed with MS – he needs another incident of limbs not working for it to be officially official.

    His family have spent some time trying to blame it on something, on him, on anything that they can point at and shake their fist towards.

    His friends, well, you know how we can be. Jokes, making fun of things, all that. Personally, I am responsible for “Hey, what has two thumbs but one of them doesn’t really work so well? You.”

    Learn about what it is and help when help is needed.

  4. lisa says:

    Such sad news for their family. I hope Jack comes through this the best way possible. He has a lot to fight for. And he is young and the medical advancements are on his side.

    *** please forgive this.. but I could not help just staring at Sharon’s face not moving while she was crying. I hate what women are doing to their faces.

    • MaiGirl says:

      Thanks for saying that, because I was thinking the same thing. My heart goes out to her, but my brain was wondering how tears were actually coming out, since everything seems paralyzed and stuffed up with fillers. It looks sooooo bad!

  5. Jayna says:

    I saw The Talk yesterday. Sharon just burst out sobbing when trying to address it. It was heartbreaking and painful to watch.

    • KellyinSeattle says:

      I’d cry, too if it was my child…love the Osbournes!! They are a strong family and share a lot of love. Best wishes.

  6. johnnybadboytapia says:

    there is nothing worse for a mother than seeing ur kids in pain and knowing that there is nothing that you can do about it.

  7. Green_Eyes says:

    Having Parkinson’s Disease in the the form of Multiple System Atrophy (and other life threatening illnesses) and fighting for a diagnosis from my late teens til I was 32, I am very glad that today the medical field recognizes P.D. And M.S. Sooner than they used to in Young Adults. Chances to have a healthier future in the long term progression of such diseases. A healthy positive attitude by not only patient, but also loved ones and and angood support system is crucial. One thing the Osbornes definitely are excellent at is having each others backs when times hit hard. right now Sharon and her parents are grieving. (a step to acceptance), but knowing how Mrs. O is protective of her children, bet she just may turn out to be his BIGGEST Advocate:). Not going to lie it’s not an easy road… They do have knowledge on their side now though and Jack has a beautiful family to help him stay focused… I wish him and all those fighting a chronic and or debilitating illness the best… <3

  8. Sorella says:

    It’s sad all around for the family until they get a grasp on what it’s all about and what is ahead, then they may be less shocked.

    Sharon has always been a tiger when it comes to her children and I can only imagine how this must upset her as his Mom. As a Mother you would rather have the illness and/or pain yourself than watch your child suffer. I like Sharon even more now, hose are genuine tears of love for her child, not attention-fake-TV-Kardashian tears, but real love of family tears.

    • Melissa says:

      So true. That’s what my mother said to me when I was diagnosed with MS. She was very upset (as was I!), and told me that if she could have it rather than me, she would. And I have no doubt she meant it.

  9. alexis says:

    Very sad news. But at least he has a beautiful daughter and supportive family. Plus his wife has gigantic boobs. Silver linings.

  10. Patricia says:

    Best wishes to Jack and his family.

    I don’t always agree with Sharon, but I love her fighting spirit and tenacity. She’s a tiger when it comes to protecting her family. I respect her a lot for that. Sad to see her so upset :(

    Jack has always seemed like a really nice young man. I hope he comes through this with minimal pain and suffering.

  11. some bitch says:

    This is very sad news, especially since Jack’s a new father. I don’t know a lot about MS but I’m glad there’s improving treatments for the disease, and I’m glad Jack’s form of MS isn’t extremely debilitating.

    Maybe this will direct more attention to MS and people who live with MS… and more attention brought to research.

    Finally, my heart breaks for Sharon. She’s obviously devastated. I like her, she’s been through a hell of a lot and keeps on going.

  12. Aubra says:

    I know this is a diagnosis on Jack, but it made me think of all Sharon has been through and seen with her family as well. God bless that woman! Jack seems to have grown up so much since becoming sober, I hope he pulls through and has a great medical team on his side!

  13. the original bellaluna says:

    As a mother, my heart breaks for her. When our kids are little, with small scrapes and bruises and various other “owies,” our kiss makes them “all better.”

    There is nothing that makes a mother feel as powerless as being unable to “heal” her child.

  14. plattypuss says:

    he’s getting chubby again. I do wish him well in his battle with the disease.

  15. Lady Satan says:

    A small correction (I have had MS for almost 12 years now & take Copaxone daily):

    Copaxone is a subcutaneous injection under the skin rather than into the muscle) but it is not a ‘huge amount of fluid’. The pre-filled syringes are 1cc – which is a very small amount and the injection is virtually painless.

    I just wanted to put that out there for anyone else with MS or facing a possible diagnosis. It IS treatable, and you CAN win the fight. Best wishes to Jack & everyone battling MS – stay strong!!