Kelly Osbourne admits to getting drunk over distress at Jack’s MS diagnosis

Kelly Osbourne

Jack Osbourne has recently opened up about his Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, and he’s further commented that his parents, Ozzy and Sharon, handled it worse than he did. Jack has also stressed that his condition is not a death sentence, and he’s correct. Even though the quality of life severely deterioriates as the illness progresses, doctors have concluded that those with MS have a nearly normal life expectancy.

Still, one can understand why Kelly Osbourne would be particularly distressed at her brother’s diagnosis. She and Jack have always been very close, and about a week ago, Kelly was spotted taking a “sobriety break” while getting drunk on a first-class plane trip, and her spokesman initially denied the eyewitness report:

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne has been on the wagon for three years – and she did not break her sobriety June 19 while on a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta, the reality TV star representation told MailOnline.

“This is not true,” her spokesperson said.

Star Magazine reported Kelly, cracking under the pressure of her brother Jack Osbourne’s devastating diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, drank so much alcohol during the four-hour June 19th flight that she was “mumbling and her makeup was a mess.”

The magazine said when the 27-year-old Fashion Police star – who went through rehab twice, the last time in 2009 – boarded the flight, she looked calm and cool.

“She was gorgeous when she got on the flight,” it quotes an eyewitness as saying. “Her makeup was impeccable, her hair was up in a smart-looking bun and she was wearing cool shades.”

While on the flight, however, Kelly began ordering drinks, the magazine alleges.

“I saw a flight attendant bring alcoholic beverages over to Kelly’s section in First Class at least four or five times,” the witness is quoted. “And when we landed just after midnight, her assistant, who flew with her, had to help her off the plane.”

Continued the witness: “Kelly’s hair was hanging down, she was mumbling and her makeup was a mess. The guard and her assisant supported her under each arm and basically swaying from side to side.”

Kelly openly admitted she was frazzled when she boarded. “I hate flying on old planes it makes it even more scary!” she tweeted June 19th. The next day the daughter of rocker Ozzie Osbourne again tweeted of being uptight. “Had a nerves breakdown yesterday that was cool!cool! #Not.”

[From Daily Mail]

After Star’s report came out, Kelly backtracked on her spokesperson’s initial statement. She spoke to Radar online and came clean about why she got drunk on that plane. Apparently, a fellow approached her with some information about an MS website, and when she looked up the site after boarding the plane, she (in her words) “lost it“:

Kelly Osbourne is speaking out and admitting exclusively to that she was drunk on a plane recently, but explains the heartbreaking details that led up to her breakdown when she “lost it.”

In a candid interview, Kelly opened up about what happened to cause her to turn to alcohol.

“The first thing I want to say is the only reason I’m being so honest and telling you what happened is because I don’t think it’s fair for me to lie. I’m not going to say I didn’t do something when I did it.

“I got drunk on the plane to Atlanta,” Kelly said in a no-holds barred exclusive interview with, and she revealed why.

“It was on an empty stomach, and before I got on the plane a gentleman came up to me and asked me how my brother was doing and told me about his brother having MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and directed me towards a website.

“On the plane I started looking at the website. It described how bad certain cases of MS got, and it made me lose it because I’ve sat through my mother having breast cancer, my dad almost dying from a bike accident, and now it’s my brother who’s my best friend. I lost it,” Kelly frankly admitted.

As previously reported, on June 19 while flying from LAX to Atlanta, a fellow passenger on the plane noticed Kelly consuming alcohol, crying and being helped while she walked off the plane.

The daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and brother to Jack Osbourne said that she doesn’t want her brother’s medical condition to be her cop-out for getting drunk.

“I hate the fact that I’m sitting here right now, and that’s even an excuse because it’s not an excuse.”

Kelly has spent time in a rehab center, but she spoke candidly about the fact that she drinks alcohol, but said her actions on the plane were not of a crazed drunk person.

“I have not lied about it. I have the occasional drink. I will never lie about that. That’s my choice that I make and I’m an adult and I have to be responsible for my actions. But it’s not like I was f*cking claiming there was a colonial woman on the wing. Like I was so out of it they had to land the plane or something. I got drunk on a plane, big deal.”

“The way I live my life after going to rehab is not the way that most people do. It isn’t. Yes, I still drink and I’ve always said that. I do have the occasional drink. I’m not using, I haven’t. I won’t. I’m not going to do that. I had a moment of just is this really happening to me all over again? And unfortunately it was in front of everyone.”

“I’m not one of those starlets that’s drinking vodka out of a water bottle thinking no one knows. If I’m going to have a f*cking drink, I’m 27 years old. I’m going to have one. Unfortunately I decided to have one on a plane to Atlanta and burst into tears.”

Kelly did say her only concern was her brother Jack and making sure that he understood what happened.

“I can’t stand knowing that he probably is thinking that it was because of him being diagnosed that I made a fool of myself. I made a fool of myself regardless of Jack and I hate that that’s even out there.”

[From Radar Online]

I’ve always wondered how some people manage to complete alcohol rehab and still occasionally knock back a drink or two. Drew Barrymore, the queen of childhood rehab, now indulges in the same way and has even launched her own brand of Pinot Grigio, so I guess it works for some people depending on what drove them to drink in the first place. I don’t know — I’m not an expert, but I find it hard to blame Kelly for drinking in this instance. If my brother was diagnosed with MS, I’d probably hit the bottle as well.

Kelly Osbourne

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  1. Maguita says:

    I may be a heartless b-tch, but why are the women, in that poor guy’s life, so making his sickness ALL ABOUT THEM!!!

    I’m getting the feeling that they are enjoying the spotlight… Based on their brother/son’s dramatically life-altering sickness.

    • smegoff says:

      I completely agree, when the news first came out and I read what Sharon’s reaction to it was the first thing I thought was way to make it all about you! I know thats harsh and it must be awful for any parent to have a child to be diagnosed with an illness, but it’s Jack that has to deal with it more than her.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Huh. I thought it was my general dislike of Kelly & Sharon that was tainting my view of this. Glad to know I’m not alone in thinking they are making it all about them.

      • smegoff says:

        I think they should be dealing with their sadness privately, but instead they are making it all about what they are going through. I’m not saying though that they are not supporting him but I have to wonder if Jack will feel guilty about how vocal they have been about how it has affected them?

    • Izzy says:

      +1. And yes, she’s not hiding vodka in a water bottle but… yeah, getting drunk will really help. Way to be supportive.

      • Maguita says:

        As if her brother didn’t have enough on his plate, he now also has to deal with the culpability of his sister’s falling off the sobriety wagon!

    • DeltaJuliet says:

      ^^ THIS! I hate it when people make others problems all about themselves. I have a husband who does the same thing…..

    • marie says:

      sadly I agree with you. supporting Jack should be top priority..
      plus, I thought part of getting treatment was to learn how to deal with life’s obstacles without hitting bottle, pipe, or what have you. I could be completely wrong because I’ve never gone through it, but I thought that part of the addict/users problem was using the substances to deaden the emotions? If so, this doesn’t bode well for her lasting sobriety..

    • Dusty says:

      My thoughts exactly!

    • Chatcat says:

      Yes Jack was diagnosed with MS; I have a very close family member with MS. It’s shocking when you find out for sure…just like it is for any other potentially life altering disease. But you deal with it as a family, lean on close friends, and then over time you gravitate towards organizations and events for that added support and to feel, as the undiseased one, that you have some control for your loved one. You do not cry copious amount of tears in public or admit you fell of the wagon and was a shameful drunk. There antics are just that antics to get attention and keep attention on them. Yuck.

      This family is like the Kartrashians…you just want them to go away never to to seen or heard from again by the media.

    • sup says:

      i had the same thought

    • Violet says:

      So true!

      Knowing his diagnosis caused his sister to fall off the wagon is hardly going to help with Jack keeping his stress levels down. (Incidentally, I think it’s BS. Kelly needs to take responsibility for her choices, instead of using excuses.)

      Kelly could’ve had her “sobriety break” in private, dusted herself off afterwards and called her AA sponsor to get back on track. Instead, she’s chosen to put her family through the wringer.

      She needs to grow up and quit being such an egocentric piece of work.

    • Jane says:

      I am going to give her pass on this one because she states she doesn’t want her brother to think it was his situation *only* that caused her episode. Since Jack has also had substance abuse problems, I am sure he understands that. He probably realizes that the real problem is how she handles life’s issues, not the issue itself, because there is always going to be something.

      Although Sharon was very emotional when she talked about on her show, that is understandable. It is what happens from now on that will determine if they are of any real support to Jack. If Kelly and Sharon continue to have melt downs, then they will not be much help to Jack.

      If anyone saw their reality show you know they are all, including Jack, very emotional (maybe with the exception of Amy who refused to be on the show). I doubt Jack is surprised or upset to see his family anything but devastated at his diagnosis. He may not even consider it any kind of “making it all about them” reaction knowing his family.

    • Str8Shooter says:

      Could not agree more. I still can’t decide which attention whore I can’t stomach more…that shrieking harridan of a mother or his obnoxious sister who has to emote everything she ever felt on Twitter.

      If either of them were REALLY trying ‘cope’ with this, they wouldn’t be constantly reminding the world of how it affects THEM!!

    • Maguita says:

      BTW, isn’t it a big indication of one’s falling off the sobriety bandwagon is minimizing the situation and putting blame on everyone and everything else?

      Poor Jack, now he must feel that he is responsible for causing his sister to falter, and start drinking again. How selfish of Kelly!

    • Jordan says:

      If you’re heartless for that, so am I b/c that was my thoughts too. She’s been to rehab and I know she’s never given up drinking, but there’s a difference in having a drink or two and getting stinking drunk because that’s the only way you know how to deal with bad news. It’s sort of selfish of her to add more more thing for Jack to worry about with his diagnosis and feel she is justified.

  2. Susan says:

    Why does she feel compelled to explain herself?
    If she slipped and drank too much she could have just sought extra treatment and said “no comment” when asked about it. I know first hand how challenging a family member’s illness can be on the whole family but now the story is all about Kelly. And that’s not helpful to anyone.

    • Tansey says:

      I don’t think she had any obligation to explain herself. Even though I read this site (it’s the only gossip site on my RSS feed) I’m of the opinion that if celebs don’t want certain things about them made public, then that’s their right and the media should butt out and only report on things the celebs want public and put out there themselves. Famous people still have a right to privacy.

      It’s like the constant “baby bump” and “womb watches” the media gets off on reporting so much. Fertility and family planning is a deeply personal situation and the media has no right to hound celebs about either one. If a celeb wants that info public, fine. But if they haven’t come out and said anything about it, then LEAVE THEM ALONE.

      As far as Sharon and Kelly making Jack’s MS all about them…well, there’s a lot of people who do that. I have a few in my own family. You learn to ignore them when they go on one of their “your illness is about ME!” tirades.

  3. Macey says:

    “I’m not one of those starlets that’s drinking vodka out of a water bottle thinking no one knows.”

    That quote alone makes me like her just a little bit. At least she’s honest, got to give her credit for that.

    • jk says:

      Oh Please what is so “honesdt” about trying to take the heat off herself by saying “at least I am not one of those starlets” she is not even a star she is just like her mother flying high off her drug addicted fathers coat taile. She is a drunk and saw A good opportunity to get plastered and use her brothers illenss to do so. She is just a plain ordinary selfish drunk who uses other peoples personal problems to go get drunk. Her mother and her both are making this about them and not about Jack. They are both disgusting. OZzie is probably self medicating in the private as they dont allow himn to go out much.

  4. RobN says:

    It’s not about blaming somebody for drinking when they get bad news; it’s about teaching people the skills to handle bad news without resorting to alcohol.

    Nobody should “blame” her, but the net result is that she has one more problem today than she did yesterday and that is sad.

    • Reece says:

      Thank you. She needs to deal with the stress better than picking up a bottle. You never stop being an addict, it’s about making better decisions. Not gonna knock her for one slip up.

  5. Mel says:

    Rumour has it, she’s been hitting it for a while now. Nice move to blame Jack’s illness.

    My heart goes out to Jack, especially since his mother and sister are publically making his MS all about them.

    • The Original Mia says:

      Exactly! Radar has been reporting on her slips for weeks. She’s drinking again & using Jack’s illness as a cover. I don’t doubt she cares for her brother, but her drinking is on her.

    • Jackie O says:

      bingo. she is an addict, yet still drinks?? this diagnosis seems to be a handy excuse.

  6. gee says:

    I think for people like Kelly Osborne and Drew Barrymore, the real addiction was the drugs. Sometimes, with some people, I think it can work where you can just cut out the worst of it and still be ok. I don’t think it’s common. And I think if it was me, I’d never touch an addictive substance ever. Even caffeine. I’d be too afraid.

    • anon33 says:

      This is actually something that clinicians are doing now. I have a friend whose sister was addicted to heroin, but never had a problem with alcohol. She is very young, barely over 22, and her psychiatrist is trying some kind of “new” method where one can still drink responsibly in the company of others. The theory is that when the addict is so young, if he/she is barred for life from ever using any substances, he/she will surely rebel and relapse. I don’t know how I feel about it, but it is a new treatment modality that is out there. And she went to on of the best rehabs in the country so it isn’t some local yokel idea either.

      ETA: Basically what Rux said below me.

  7. divax says:

    She looks gorgeous in that long black dress

  8. Rux says:

    Presently, I am pursuing my master’s in addiction. The root of addiction comes from needing to numb out pain emotional and/or physical. There are countless cases of addicts who do recover, have a normal life and do drink. It always depends on WHY you drink. Addicts drink to numb, forget and/or compensate. Recovering addicts do have a few drinks here and there but they drink in social situations such as dinners and family gatherings but they have drinks for the taste or to accompany the food but not to “numb out”. That is the fine line that many have to walk. In Kelly’s case, I am assuming this plane incident maybe walking the fine line on the dark side because she drank that she was upset about her brother….that’s where it begins and sometimes relapses. I wish her and her whole family the best. It’s a tough road to walk on.

  9. Lane says:

    My husband was diagnosed with MS when he was 18. 15 years later he is walking on his own, working and looking forward to become a father. MS is a difficult disease for patients to be diagnosed with but it really is all about attitude, life adjustments and the right medical treatments for the individual. Many people in my husband’s MS wellness group inspire both myself and my husband to keep on trucking. My heart goes out to Jack because his life will change but he has a large community to offer support and understanding. While I understand the need for his sister and mother to go through the grieving process, it really sucks that the focus is on their actions. I hope they step up to the plate and help to advocate on behalf of all chronic, neurological, debilitating diseases and make an impact.

  10. lisa2 says:

    Having experience with someone with a drinking problem. Every emotional problem is an excuse to “turn to the bottle”. thing is for those that have substance abuse issues; drinking mostly. they have been dabbling all along. Drinking a bit. Wine, beer or something else that is “soft”. But they have not STOPPED. Drew and Kelly are examples. If you have a problem with drinking you Stop. You don’t do it at all.

  11. BRE says:

    I have an autoimmune disease similar to Jacks and if my sisters or parents broke sobriety over it I would be pissed.

  12. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    This is the girl who turned Amy Winehouse’s funeral into catwalk photo shoot.

    Hm, I wonder who is was that breathlessly reported on KO’s unassailably elegant and sophisticated ensemble–about which far more was said that about that guy she knows who has…give her a minute–er, scabies, scurvy? Wait, scrofula, the kid standing next to her is definitely working on the Winter 2013 House of Scrofula collection. That explains the lengthy description about how gorgeous she looks in a statement that was so totally not planted in there.

    Way to go, priorities and way to go, fashion. In those very, very rare moments when Fashion Police isn’t pissing itself to ‘mind pleasure’ Emma Stone Joan must’ve forgotten to inform her that her dubious wardrobe selections transform her from a nice-looking young lady into a lavendered ox on red soles. Can someone ‘intervention’ her?

  13. Kim says:

    She doesnt seem to be using it as an excuse.

    Im not a huge fan of any of the Osbournes but I give her credit for admitting she got drunk and that its a constant struggle/effort to remain sober.

  14. Craigory says:

    Sounds like she’s got a case of terminal uniqueness. “The way I live my life after going to rehab is not the way that most people do. It isn’t.”

    Alcohol is a drug, period. It’s horrible news about her brother, but she’s just using it as an excuse to take the first drink- which she clearly can’t handle.

  15. mzthirtyeight says:

    You know what, have a little compassion. We all deal with stuff our own way. Maybe having it out in the open is cathartic, past fame-ho ways aside.MS is devastating(father-in-law has it) and yes, people with past issues CAN drink in moderation, depending.

    • PleaseICU says:

      Having it out in the open is telling your family, friends and sponsor/sober coach, etc. Not giving an exclusive to the freakin’ media. That’s famewhoring narcissism at work.

      Everyone falters in life. I don’t look for or expect perfection. But I do side eye her over this since her default seems to be running to twitter or some media outlet for attention first and everything else after. So, yeah, I do shade her for running to the media over her slip and making Jack’s diagnosis about her rather than choosing to back off, re-group and deal with it privately and work whatever her chosen sobriety method/program is to get back on track.

      • mzthirtyeight says:

        The media is their reality. I’m not going to fault her a damn thing in this particular situation as I don’t walk in her shoes. I’m glad I’m not so cynical.

    • Nev says:


      this idea that people have to react in a perfect, controlled, healthy way everytime is unrealistic.

      she wasn’t cheating or hurting anyone else.

      only coping.

  16. Aubra says:

    This effing douchebag here! Abuse your body and compromise your sobriety for attention because your brother is getting alot of attention…

  17. Ginger says:

    I feel for Jack because that is a scary diagnosis. And I feel for his family of course. As for why the news ended up on the cover of People…I’m not sure. I’d like to think that it’s for the noble cause of putting MS at the forefront? But I couldn’t help thinking “Gee I haven’t seen that family in the news in while” IDK should I feel bad for thinking that there may be an ulterior motive? Not sure…I do have to give Kelly credit for coming out and admitting the truth about what happened on the plane. I also don’t agree with her reaction to stress but it’s so hard for folks with alcohol/drug dependencies to not go there. I haven’t had a drink in two years but I don’t completely rule out not having a drink in the future. If my husband and I ever do make it to Ireland then I’m breaking my non-drinking streak to have Guinness at the actual Guinness factory. I think how someone approaches “sobriety” is a completely individual thing.

  18. Bobby sue says:

    People deal with stress in different ways. I’ve gotten drunk on a plane too. No one should judge someone else for how they deal with bad, bad news. Jeesh

    • PleaseICU says:

      Not shading her for her slip. It can happen. Shading her for how she’s dealing with the aftermath of it, which is, once again, to give an exclusive to a media outlet and focus attention on her and make everything about her. How hard would it be to just issue a no comment or I’m dealing with this privately during a trying, emotional family hardship please give me space and time? Not everything in her life needs to result in an exclusive to Radar or E!, yet somehow it always does.

  19. Christina says:

    Could be worse. She could start eat again.

  20. eska says:

    Alcohol won’t solve your problems, but neither would milk…

  21. mooshi says:

    Osbourne family is really rough and salty, however they do truly love each other like crazy.

    My best wishes to all of them.