Kelly Osbourne’s 85-lb weight loss came from gastric sleeve surgery a few years ago

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Earlier this month, people noticed that Kelly Osbourne suddenly looked dramatically different, and that she’d lost a significant amount of weight. I did a cursory search of the photo archives from the past year, and it looked to me like Kelly had been losing weight steadily, as opposed to a sudden 40-pound weight loss over the course of a couple of months. Kelly said on her social media that she’d lost 85 pounds, but no one knew when she began counting, which is honestly further evidence that the weight loss was pretty gradual. Now Kelly is speaking about what exactly happened: a gastric sleeve.

She got gastric sleeve surgery several years ago: “I had surgery; I don’t give a f— what anyone has to say,” Osbourne told hosts Dax Holt and Adam Glyn on their “Hollywood Raw” podcast, in response to rumors about plastic surgery. “I did it, I’m proud of it, they can suck s—. I did the gastric sleeve. All it does is change the shape of your stomach. I got that almost two years ago. I will never ever ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done.”

It still required a lifestyle change: “The kind of surgery I had… if you don’t work out and you don’t eat right, you gain weight. All it does is move you in the right direction. So, anyone who’s thinking of doing something like this, really think about that. I had to do a year of stand-alone therapy to prepare myself for the surgery before I even had it. What people don’t realize is, it cuts out this hormone that if you have addiction issues, it stops your craving and it makes you not emotionally eat, which is a huge problem for me. … All it is, is a push in the right direction. It doesn’t solve all your problems. It’s not a quick fix.”

The fundamental thing she had to do to change: “The number one thing I had to do was get happy. I had to fix my head before I could fix my body. You can never go into this if you’re not in a good mindset.”

She also quit drinking: She started by quitting drinking, which she said, “is the best thing I’ve ever done…I really wanted to fix the things that were broken in me. I’m not perfect. I still make a lot of mistakes. I have bumps in the road, I fall down, I get back up again.”

People ignored her when she was heavier: “My weight loss made me resentful at Hollywood. So f—ing resentful. Because when I was fat, I was invisible. They didn’t want to work with me, they didn’t want to do anything with me. Now in retrospect, I know exactly who I’ll work with and who I won’t. Because I know who called me fat, I know who didn’t want to work with me. I know exactly who said it,” she said. “I’ve got really thick skin, but I take that, and I put it into my memory bank. I remember what you said about me, and that’s the best revenge.”

[From People]

I laughed at the part when she gave this big speech about how she had to get happy and work on feeling content within herself and then immediately went to the most negative place of resentment and anger at all of the people who wronged her by, like, not giving her enough attention when she was heavier. Sounds like someone might need a little bit more therapy! As for the gastric sleeve, I honestly didn’t know what the surgery entailed, so I looked it up on WebMD. It’s interesting, I guess. It really does make your stomach smaller so you feel “full” a lot faster. But yeah, for some of us emotional eaters, it’s not about the feeling of fullness, it’s about eating to feel better. So I can see why Kelly went into therapy too.

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  1. MarcelMarcel says:

    To be fair I can understand her anger (I’m not a Kelly Osbourne fan).
    One of the strangest things about gaining weight was being treated like I was invisible. (It was both alienating and somewhere liberating). It was another mind trip when I lost a little weight and suddenly noticed old men perving on me. I don’t own scales… so I realised I had lost weight because old men on the street started staring at me again. I’m not mad about it. But it was an intensely strange experience.

    • Noodle says:

      I had weight loss surgery several years ago, and I was really bothered by all the people who were suddenly very nice to me once I wasn’t fat. It was clear as day the difference in treatment. What she doesn’t tell you about weight loss surgery is that the feeling of fullness occurs when you eat a full meal. You feel full, so you eat less. That said, if you are a snacker, you can snack all the day long and never feel full. This is where a lot of people (including myself) put the weight back on. She’s absolutely right in that you have to address your food demons – those reasons why you eat and how psychology and social dynamics play into the situation – or you are much less likely to keep the weight off in the long term. The emotional needs and habits don’t stop once you’re skinny.

      • SamC says:

        I appreciated that she seemed to have to go through the same approval process for surgery as “normal” people (ie therapy sessions) and seems like she absorbed the pre-op information they give you about the hormone, etc. Have to admit my initial thoughts when I read she had VSG were she doctor shopped and was looking/thought it was an easy option to lose weight.

    • L84Tea says:

      I was just coming here to say this. I have been on both ends of this. I have been very heavy and felt completely invisible in public. Like walking into a store and having the salesperson say hello and ask every person around me if they needed help but completely walk right by me without even a glance. And then I’ve lost a lot of weight where suddenly men are checking you out at red lights and in the grocery store and people are rushing to hold doors open for you. It’s a very bizarre thing to experience first hand the differences in treatment you are awarded at the most basic human level because of your weight. I understand her bitterness, but rehashing that bitterness and rolling around in it isn’t healthy either.

      • Sarah B says:

        I’ve had the same experience. I became paranoid that I had something in my nose or a stain on my shirt when people would look at me. I eventually gained back some of the weight I lost, and I kind of feel cozy in my little invisible shell–which is not so great I realize, but it is certainly comfortable.

  2. WilliamJoelene says:

    Good on her for sharing. Salute to anyone who struggles with their weight. Changing your weight is NEVER easy, no matter what method is used. Decent awesome people come in different sizes the world over. Be proud of the good you do. Enjoy life, starting frommmmmm NOW!

  3. Noki says:

    Hollywood is a sucky place,but Kelly Osbourne is a nasty spoiled brat and her hollywood treatment may have something to do with her entitled attitude more than just being over weight.

    • WilliamJoelene says:

      This is why I love CB – different viewpoints, kindly shared. You go Noki! 🙂

    • Person3514 says:

      Exactly. Her and her mother are so rude and nasty. I’m sure in the vanity filled Hollywood some people did call her fat or ignore her because of her looks, but I guarantee most people didn’t want to work with that shi**y attitude.

    • lucy2 says:

      This. She seems to be a mean, miserable person, so unless she deals with that, the physical doesn’t matter so much.

      • Meg says:

        People like that tend to be even more mean to themselves which would contribute to issues with addictions, food, etc to self soothe

    • Meg says:

      Very good points
      I remember her on the view making a comment about if Trump kicks out immigrants who will clean his toilets then she wrote a book saying its our fault we didn’t get the joke and i thought how to do you get these opportunities? Oh right your parents because her bombing on the view and her crappy response is that of someone who wouldn’t have a future in that field.

      • Noki says:

        @Meg if memory serves me correct ,she threw a teary tantrum at the backlash and Rosie Perez who was on the panel and disgusted by her comments had to apologise to HER.

    • Ang says:

      Exactly! Maybe people didn’t want to work with her in “Hollywood” because she has no discernible talent, she’s the daughter of an old rock star. Just because you are famous, doesn’t mean you’re supposed to get jobs that you aren’t qualified for.

    • Lizzie says:

      Didn’t she slim down for a while when she was on Fashion Police? I also think around that time she called Christina Aguilera fat. I watched that show for Joan Rivers only.

    • Storminateacup says:

      Yes 100% this. The rejection probably had more to do with her lack of talent and poor attitude than her weight. Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson and Ashley Graham all seem to do ok in Hollywood because they have a particular skill and talent. She never developed her singing career and she wasn’t half bad at the age of 16 from what I heard. Also she and Jack aren’t on speaking terms with Aimee (said by Aimee in an interview) . It seems The fame of being kid Reality tv stars while profitable and sometimes fun had a mostly detrimental effect on that family.

    • tealily says:

      Haha I was thinking the same thing!

  4. julia says:

    She and her mother have morphed into each other. They look just like the Kardashians now, and it’s sad, because the women in both families used to have such beautiful and unique looks.

    • Noki says:

      I guess we can look at Aimee Osbourne as how they ‘would ‘ naturally look.

      • Vavavoom says:

        Perhaps, but Aimee has always been the beautiful one. Sharon and Kelly didn’t have that to start with.

    • A Fan says:

      Just came here to say the same thing.

      [*How is it that so many people look like a Kardashian now???*]

  5. Ray says:

    “Sounds like someone might need a little bit more therapy!”

    Eek. =/

  6. ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

    Years ago I read this really great memoir by a woman who grew up with a severely misaligned jaw. She was very poor and could only get it fixed in adulthood. She talked about how the sudden attention messed with her self-esteem. There was a memory she told about overhearing a guy at the gym say he would “do her” if he put a paper bag over her head and after the surgery he tried to hit on her. I guess if Kelly stands up and refuses to work with people who have shown they don’t respect people because of appearance than good for her. But hopefully she actively seeks out working with heavier people to bring about the change that she wants to see.

  7. SamC says:

    I had gastric sleeve 3 years ago. The hormone that gets cut out as part of the surgery is called ghrelin, and it’s not permanently eliminated, it does return. It’s also not eliminate with bypass surgery since that reroutes intestines and makes a smaller stomach pouch. And as an earlier poster wrote, surgery doesn’t cure emotional eating and you can very easily out eat your sleeve with slider foods (chips, crackers, etc.). I was pleased to hear she cut out alcohol as there have been studies bariatric patients have a higher risk of alcoholism due in part to how much faster alcohol metabolizes in the system and also the tendency towards trading food addiction to alcohol or drug addiction.

    • cleak says:

      You are very right, with Bariatric surgery it fixes the hormonal blocks to weight loss but not the emotional ones. I work in a bariatric surgery clinic and we are very open with telling patients that surgery isn’t a fix-all, it’s a very effective tool but only a tool. As such we require that patients enroll in a post-surgery emotional support program. I myself am 3 months out from a Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch ( you sleeve the stomach and then split the duodenum and so food travels down one side and the digestive enzymes travel down the other, with them meeting in the last 100 cm of bowel; it’s more metobolicallt powerful than the sleeve and the gbp) and it really does take discipline. It is a lifestyle change that you 100% have to be committed to and stay committed to.

      • Ang says:

        If the process after surgery takes so much discipline, why not just forgo the rearranging of body parts and changing your hormones and do the “discipline” of eating healthier and exercising?

      • Kkat says:

        Ok for one FU @ang
        I would think it very obvious if people are resorting to massively life effecting surgery “being more disciplined” doesn’t work.
        For example taking psych meds will put on massive weight that normal diet and exercise do not take off.

        I had a RnY gastric bypass 6 years ago and lost 190# after I had put on almost 200# in 2 years from the additional psych meds I had to take. My eating did not change I was still eating under 2000 calories a day the entire time but it totally screwed my metabolism.

        There are other reasons to have the type of bypass I did, type two diabetes runs on my family and I will never get it now.

        My mother was not fat and had to take insulin for her type two. She got the bypass and within a year she was on zero medication and now three years later is concidered cured.

        A gny bypass is concidered a cure for 98% of people with type two diabetes that get the surgery. Insurance will pay for it if your diabetic even if you’re not overweight at all.

        And contrary to some people’s belief, surgery especially a bypass is NOT the easy option. That is actually hilarious.

      • Betsy says:

        Yeah, @Ang, you’ve very much signaled that you don’t understand that weight isn’t just calories in calories out. For some of us, mistakes or decisions we’ve made in the past that have resulted in excess weight can’t be got rid of through diet and exercise. The various surgeries change a lot more.

  8. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Holding grudges is the opposite of therapeutic.

    • AMM says:

      Eh. Holding Grudges is bad, but setting boundaries and knowing who you want to surround yourself with isn’t. I think calling it revenge is really the only thing that pushed that into potentially unhealthy territory. Not wanting to work with people who avoided you for superficial reasons is probably healthier than trying to be best friends with the cool kids now that you look like them.

    • Anna says:

      I don’t have much of an opinion about Kelly either way but to say she should just forget the nasty comments and bad treatment because that’s ,,holding a grudge“? Things happened, people should be held accountable. We all have brains and we remember and way too often bad behavior doesn’t have consequences in the name of forgiveness. Sorry but no. Everyone’s responsible for their own actions. There’s no right to forgiveness and her remembering Someone’s bad behavior doesn’t say anything about her mental well- being.

  9. Amando says:

    She’s right though. I do get treated differently – mainly by men – when I am at a higher weight. I like what she said in those snippets. No diet or surgery is a quick fix. You have to put in the work not only on your body, but in your head in order to have long term success.

  10. Meg says:

    Her description of how she keeps it off is describing anorexia. this article insinuates shes only admitting the surgery after people called her out for talking about weight loss before but leaving out the part about her surgery – so instead of specifying she was following doctors orders post surgery she sounded like she was pushing normalizing eating disorder behavior which is dangerous and irresponsible of her.
    if she just didn’t want to talk about her weight and body she could’ve kept it private her choice her body but she chose to bring up the weight loss where she could’ve not responded to the comments in her instagram

    • AMM says:

      How is it describing anorexia?

    • Betsy says:

      Do you know how small a stomach is post sleeve or bypass? Do you know what the limits are, or how long you’re supposed to take to eat a meal, how much you’re required to chew your food?

    • Wendy says:

      Hmmmmmm. All I see is talk about how the surgery isn’t a quick fix, that she still had to maintain healthy habits like getting exercise and making sensible food choices, that she quit drinking… and that it took about 2 years to lose 85 pounds. That averages out to about 0.817 pounds per week, although obviously anyone with a human body knows that weight loss isn’t a simple process with such steady and predictable results (“whoosh effect”, anyone?). Anyway, claiming that she’s anorexic or supporting anorexia is pretty remarkably stupid.

  11. EviesMom says:

    I have always said CSIS (Canadian version of CIA spies) has missed the Ultimate Spy recruiting demographic of fluffy middle aged women… I lost about 45 pounds last year after intermittent fasting & calorie counting (no alcohol)…. only to have most come back with my Covid quarantine trips around the house with frequent stops at La Fridge….

    Anyway being fat really did make me invisible… I could stand for hours at the deli counter without acknowledgement … ironic.

    So CSIS if you’re in the market for a herd of new spies – I have a secret to share. 🙂

    I don’t like Kelly or her mom – but she’s not wrong about her observations of peoples behaviour towards her when she was bigger.


      This is really random but you mentioned the deli- the last time I went to the grocery store, I saw a man behind the deli counter DROP an unwrapped ham on the floor. He picked it up, did a cursory rinse, wrapped it and put it back in the display!

    • Ani May says:

      Yep. I am overweight and feel invisible-but I like feeling invisible, which is a big barrier to losing weight.

      Also, watch Spy with Melissa McCarthy, which uses this premise well.

  12. swedish chef says:

    That face didn’t come from hard work. She always had a very square face with a heavy jaw, and now its been whittled down, amongst other things. She’s had so much surgical intervention, her version of effort is skewed.

  13. FHMom says:

    At least she’s being honest about her weight loss. I will give her that.

    • HeyJude says:

      Yes, unlike some other celebs who are lying to people and giving them false hope that really extreme transformations down to a wisp are possible within just a short time and through all natural measures.

  14. Delight_ says:

    No Kelly Osbourne, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery) does not stop you from emotional eating. When the surgeon does the procedure they reduce the volume and distensibility of the stomach. And the endocrine effect of the surgery is that the level of 2 hormones, ghrelin and GLP-1, become altered. The first hormone, gherlin, stimulates appetite; so once it’s removed because of the surgery, induces satiety faster, the patients feels fuller faster and therefore eats less. The second hormone, GLP-1, after the surgery, improves glucose metabolism thereby reducing hunger and increasing satiety.

    The emotional eating part is why people have to have the evaluation by a mental health specialist before the surgery… that’s all psychological, not in the stomach.

    Although the rest is true, if a person has this procedure done but doesn’t change their eating habits long term, it’s all for naught. :/

  15. SoCalVibes says:

    I vividly remember a certain time period when a young Kelly thought it was so hip and cool to spend a few months in my rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. She made a huge (negative) impression on us residents at that time.

    Like so many people, she has changed her physical form, but the inside remains just the same.

  16. J ferber says:

    I loved the comment about making curvy women spies. Fantastic. You could be in the middle of a secret meeting and still be invisible. Funny and really sad. But I’m ready to be recruited for the right cause.

    • EviesMom says:

      Honestly it’s amazing – an untapped headhunting population. You move around totally unnoticed… tragic but also very useful on an international stage. If they ever get in touch for an assignment I’ll throw up the Bat Sign into the heavens for all my Fluffy Spies.

    • Bree says:

      So totally true. Sign me up!

  17. Lizzie says:

    Perhaps Hollywood ignored her because she wasn’t talented?

  18. Onomo says:

    PSA: gastric bypass side effects: loss of teeth, osteoporosis due to inability to absorb fat soluble vitamins. Also at risk of zinc and Iron deficiency, which have major impacts on immune system. Also has increased risk of mental health problems. It’s something extremely serious. Kelly grew up in an unstable house. No wonder she hated her body and thought she needed this surgery. Her mom and dad seemed very not well.She was fine before.

    • Kkat says:

      Which is why there is such extensive nutritional counseling, to get people to understand they will need to do different things to try to combat those side effects.

      I will always have to take a sublingual B12.
      I have to make sure I get close to 100 grams of protein every day. Which isn’t easy because I have a seriously hard time getting most meat from my stomach to my small intestine.
      I had to have 6 endoscopies to stretch it about 5 months after my surgery because the opening had scar tissue and was WAY too narrow. I would vomit 10 times a day because most things would clog it and it would build up so I couldn’t drink fluids
      Now I rarely barf, only if I’m stupid and eat certain things, or if I don’t eat things in a certain order.

      The first year sucked pretty bad, but now about 6 years out it’s fine.
      I’ve kept 160 of the 190 I lost off. Quarantine gas sucked because I have been snacking on too many slider foods 😜

      I would get the GnY bypass again in a second, even with my issues.
      Because I won’t ever get diabetes, and unlikely to get many other things that would have killed me young.
      The Drs said I have literally added 20-30 years to my life.
      I’m still overweight but I’m no longer ridiculously fat. I can go walking for hours or go hiking ect.

      It is not for everyone, which is why they screen you for a year. But it is a miracle for some of us.

  19. Jezebeelzebub says:

    The quality of Kelly’s personality notwithstanding, I can’t see a thing wrong with not wanting to fuck with people who were shitty to you. I don’t think making an observation about the way she was treated then vs how she is treated now means shes “bitter”.

    • Kkat says:

      I agree, and I guarantee she was treated very differently when she was overweight.
      A lot of people see you as lesser, not a real person, something to be disgusted by, if they even see you at all.
      And that’s just for regular people, I’m sure it’s horrifyingly bad in Hollywood.
      Of course she would remember and take note of the people who treated her like crap.

      It’s really obvious which commenters on here have never had a weight problem.
      And good for you. But you don’t understand and you never will unless it happens to you.