Kelly Osbourne: ‘Mum once locked me in a mental institution for three days’

Kelly Osbourne is out promoting her new memoir, There is no F-ing Secret (yes that’s the actual name), which came out yesterday. She’s been giving asinine interviews in which she’s claimed that there’s always a masculine and feminine role in gay relationships and where she’s half-admitted she’s bisexual, but then complained about women who date both men and women. She similarly said that she suffered from lyme disease, but then accused other celebrities of faking lyme for attention. In an advance excerpt of her book which came out earlier this month Kelly wrote “I’m tired of seeing sad celebrities play the victim on the cover of weekly mags.” Many people thought she was talking about Yolanda Foster, Bella and Gigi Hadid’s mom, but Kelly clarified in an interview with Watch What Happens Live that she wasn’t and had helped Yolanda. Sure she did. She said “What annoys me is that this is a real, real disease. It almost killed me. I will do anything to raise awareness for it, because I almost died from it, and it’s a debilitating disease that most of the time goes misdiagnosed.” Yes Kelly is annoyed that anyone could get the same disease as her or have the same sexual orientation as her. No one is like Kelly, she’s so special.

People has more details from Kelly’s book, apparently someone over there read it, and there’s a part where Kelly admitted that her mom, Sharon, sent her to a mental institution for three days to try to get Kelly off drugs. That time didn’t take, but Kelly eventually got sober after four visits to rehab and six detoxes. She also describes an incident where she slipped MDMA, ecstasy, into a friend’s drink.

“Mum once locked me in a mental institution for three days, and it scared the hell out of me. … I had to wear paper shoes, since I could potentially kill myself with a shoelace, and wasn’t allowed to have anything metal, not even a spoon,” she writes in her book, released on Tuesday. “I wasn’t suicidal by medical standards, but I heard Mum’s message loud and clear: stop using drugs before I was gone for good.”

“The only way I could even face my life was by opening that pill bottle, shaking out a few pills — or a handful — into my palm, and throwing them down my throat,” she writes.

She describes herself as a “trash can” user (“someone who’d do anything and everything”). According to Kelly, the only drug she never used was crack.

Of all of her antics while high, one stands out the most. She thought it’d be amusing to “slip MDMA into [her friend’s] drink without his knowledge.”

“Today the thought makes my skin crawl…” she writes. “The only thing that saved our friendship after my severe lapse in judgment was that when the drugs kicked in, Omar interpreted the strange feelings he was having to a urinary tract infection. When he came down, even he thought it was so funny that he forgave me.”

Her battle for sobriety lasted for six years. It included four visits to rehab, six detoxes and one visit to a mental institution. (Her journey was much longer than it was for her brother, Jack, who recovered from his drug addiction after one visit to rehab.)

According to Kelly, the trip to the mental institution scared her the most. But even that wasn’t enough.

While she was sober for awhile, she writes that when she returned to L.A., she dove back into drugs and became suicidal (“Every day, I was taking more and more pills, hoping that I wouldn’t wake up,” she writes).

Now sober for years, her book is a series of essays about body issues, her friendships (including her relationship with Joan Rivers), fashion and dating, while taking a candid and humorous look at the lessons she’s learned from her family and the difficulties she’s faced. She refuses to blame her childhood for her drug problems, even though her father has had his own long-standing battle with drugs and alcohol.

“I don’t blame Dad for the fact that I ended up a drug user, nor do I blame growing up in the public eye. For me, drugs were a coping mechanism that also fueled my self destruction,” she writes.

“Now, I manage pain through creativity, friendship and self-care,” she concludes towards the end of a chapter called “Dear Rehab.”

[From People]

I don’t have any shade for Kelly’s sobriety journey, a lot of people go through that and it’s hard to quit using when that’s how you’re accustomed to dealing with all the problems in your life. It can take so many tries. I do have shade for her general assholery though. That’s horrible to slip a friend a drug without telling them and you could really do damage to someone. It’s just another anecdote to Kelly though. I bet she has a bunch of things to say about other celebrities who got sober – they weren’t as hard a case as she was, they weren’t really addicts like she was, etc. To Kelly only her experiences are real.




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  1. Izzy says:

    Insufferable twatwaffle.

  2. Zuzus Girl says:

    Should have been longer. And she should have gone to jail for spiking someone’s drink, that is serious and could have caused irreparable harm. She’s an ass.

    • BengalCat2000 says:

      That is such a seriously f*cked up thing to do. She’s horrible and that purple hair is SO tired.

    • detritus says:

      its assault, straight up.

      also is she calling rehab a mental institution?
      or was she put on a 5150?

  3. fellicity says:

    she IS her mother.

    • Luca76 says:

      Nah her mother is a nasty piece of work but she does have some brains. Kelly is just a waste of space.

  4. Tanguerita says:

    It’s a pity they didn’t lock her up for good. She is one entitled tone-deaf brat with no discernible talent or charisma.

  5. Pumpkin Pie says:

    I don’t know how old is she, close to 30yo maybe? She started doing drugs when she was quite young iicr. WHERE WERE HER PARENTS? I know, silly question, but still valid.

    • Hollz says:

      She’s 32!
      She went to rehab the first time in 2004, when she was 19. I suspect her drug use started long before that point, so yeah, pretty young.

      And her parents aren’t exactly people I would trust to keep drugs away from children.

      • jwoolman says:

        I think she was about 13 when she started (I assume including alcohol but also other stuff). It was all pretty easily available for the folks she was with and not a lot of parental supervision. But it’s hard to control a kid bound and determined at that age to use especially in a big city (i think they were in London?). They’re mobile and aren’t likely to attract special attention for being out and about especially if they look older than they are.

        You really have to drug-proof (and especially peer pressure-proof) your kids a lot earlier than their teens to have a chance to keep them from doing anything too stupid when they’re older. Watch out for signs of depression also and make sure kids know what’s normal depression and what isn’t. My guess is that clinical depression especially (which can commonly start after puberty) can be a trigger for drug and alcohol use as self-medication, trying to feel better. Eventually the drugs themselves can cause more and more problems especially for developing adolescent brains. I would be cautious about all of it, even marijuana and prescription drugs that affect the brain, for youngsters. Don’t ever lie to them about drugs, but make sure they know there are risks and how to minimize that risk if they won’t just abstain until they’re older.

  6. RussianBlueCat says:

    Her dog is cute

  7. Megan says:

    Wow, if someone put drugs in my drink, that would be the end of our friendship. Kelly is so thoughtless and reckless.

  8. Incognita says:

    It makes her skin crawl to think about . . . but then she immediately says “oh, but we’re still friends! He even thought it was funny,” so as to absolve herself.

    Also, manages her addiction through friendship? Narcissists don’t have friends, only marks. Once someone is no longer useful they’re out.

    *She* makes *my* skin crawl.

  9. Andrea says:

    Jesus, some people will do/say anything for 15 mins. She is self righteous and insufferable

  10. Beth says:

    Somebody needs to tell her that she’s not the only person to ever had these problems. People without famous parents also have troubles. It’s almost like she’s bragging about having problems.

  11. Redgrl says:

    Get a job and go away.

  12. Lafawnda says:

    Only once? Huh.

  13. Loula says:

    She looks like Boy George in that sideways on pic…

  14. Abbess Tansy says:

    Sobriety journey notwithstanding, I still despise this hypocritical, bigoted, spoiled brat who thought it was ok to put drugs in her so-called friends’ drink. Thoughtless b*tch.

  15. Nancy says:

    I want to say good for her for getting clean, so I will. But she tries so flipping hard to be cool and/or relevant. Maybe she got it from “Mum” or Ozzie. My guess is mummy, because Oz is out there now from years of abuse to himself, but the dude did bite off the head of a bat (not knowing it was real) which at the time I would imagine made him famous or infamous forever!

  16. Giddy says:

    Like another wealthy daughter she has been giiven a pulpit that she has not earned. She has nothing to say that interests me, and I hate her lavender hair.

  17. Moll says:

    Cannot stand this spoiled pampered meangirl. No wonder her sister has nothing to do with her.

  18. deevia says:

    Not forever? Sharon did a diservice to the world

  19. Moochiemom says:

    Her book read very early recovery thoughts and a lot of addictive behavior. As someone in recovery she is not who I would look to.

  20. Bitchy architect says:

    Is it me or is she looking more and more like Divine these days? Maybe she’s just deliberately channeling Divine’s style.

  21. Miffy says:

    Didn’t they cover this in their show? Where she was shipped off and refusing to appear on camera?
    I don’t get why she has a book out, I don’t think she’s that interesting. It must be awful knowing your fame stems from someone else’s iconic levels of talent and charisma and trying to keep up with pretty much nothing to offer in return.

  22. Chris Christie's Belt says:

    Kelly’s mom is a hot shit, Kelly tries to be her, but she is not hot, just shit.

  23. raincoaster says:

    Three days in a mental institution? Well, it’s a start.

  24. serena says:

    “even he thought it was so funny” ?? I don’t really get what’s so funny in slipping a drunk into a friend’s drink. Ass*ole.

  25. Tanya says:

    Three days in a mental institution? What Malibu treatment center?


    Unless she entered the one I went to, she’s whining about, most likely, the highest of care.