Kelly Osbourne: I took more hell for my weight than my drug addiction


Us Weekly’s cover story this week is surprisingly positive. They did a pretty decent interview with Kelly Osbourne and got her talking about her recent weight loss and her new (rather fabulous) look. While I haven’t always been Kelly’s biggest fan, I have to admit she comes across really well and very “real” in this piece. She talks about the struggles she always had with her weight, comparing her struggles with her weight to her drug usage, and how much work it took (and still takes) for her to maintain her current figure. It’s kind of an advertisement for The Bar Method of exercise, but whatever:

Kelly Osbourne checked into rehab for drug and alcohol addiction three times. But the singer, 25, tells the new Us Weekly (on newsstands now): “I took more hell for being fat than I did for being an absolute raging drug addict. I will never understand that.”

“Now I’ve actually read in some magazines that I’m too skinny. You can never ever ever win.”

The 5-foot-2 Osbourne, who once weighed “almost 160” pounds, recalls walking down the street one day and “some horrible obnoxious teenager screamed out a car window to me, ‘You’re fat!'” she tells Us Weekly. “I went to my parents [Sharon and Ozzy] bawling, ‘I would rather be called ugly than be called fat!'”

She tells Us Weekly she “hated” herself because of her weight and “never wanted to do anything to fix it … For a very long time, Mrs. Field’s salted cookies were my favorite thing in the world … It’s hard to get out of a hole you’ve dug so deeply.”

Today, after years of yo-yo dieting, Osbourne has lost 42 pounds the healthy way — through regular exercise and a portion-controlled diet.

“Before Dancing With the Stars, I thought, I’m always going to be heavy. I’d better get used to it… After [the show], I started the Bar Method. I do it three times a week, not every day — I don’t have that kind of dedication. Working out sucks, it’s miserable. You sweat and you stink, but then you’re done — and you see that just taking an hour three times a week can change you so much. It becomes addictive.”

“I’m really proud to look in the mirror and not hate every single thing I see,” she tells Us Weekly. “I no longer think, Why don’t I look like this girl or that girl?”

For more — including her impressive new weight; her exact diet and workout plan; how extreme diets left her “sick and shaking”; her healthy tip on shedding five pounds in one week and how she doesn’t crave “french fries anymore” — pick up the new Us Weekly today!

[From Us Weekly & Jezebel’s tabloid round-up]

How can you all of a sudden no longer crave French fries? I don’t get that. As I was standing in McDonalds yesterday, I was reminded of how much I dislike grown women who order Happy Meals for themselves… and then don’t even finish it. I have never understood those women, and I don’t understand how you can just “lose” a craving. Yes, you can maintain cravings, you can deny yourself the mini-Snickers bar (It’s mini! You can have it! NOOO!), but do people really “lose” the craving? Anyway, congratulations to Kelly, she’s looking really great, and I applaud her for being so honest about how hard she works for it.

Kelly Osbourne Lights Up The Room!

Kelly Osbourne channels her inner Marilyn Monroe as she leaves the Phillipe Chow restaurant after helping SPINdustry star Jonathan Cheban celebrate his birthday

Us Weekly cover courtesy of CoverAwards.

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  1. SammyHammy says:

    Yes, people really can and do lose cravings after a while. I stopped eating chocolate back in October. It was tough at first, but now I don’t really want it anymore. It’s weird.

  2. dude says:

    I think she looks amazing! However, she looks like the girls she always use to make fun of! Your cute skinny & blonde. Something she said she would never be. And sadly, I am one of those people who orders a kids meal for myself. However, I do eat the entire thing. Sometimes I just need a fastfood fix & I dont want to stuff my face with a big mac. Sorry

  3. TC says:

    Love the happy meals, it’s the perfect amount..

  4. bite me says:

    hope she keeps the weight off

  5. Roma says:

    I find the healither I eat, the less I crave the things I used to. Except poutine and risotto… those loves are never going to die.

    But I think she is right; people are harder on celebs that are fat than ones that have raging drug problems. If she was on drugs and skinny, people probably wouldn’t have trashed her so much. For being 25, I actually respect her for the woman she’s grown into.

  6. ien says:

    she looks great.
    and yes you can lose a craving, I quit eating fast food years ago and have absolutely no desire for it. same w/ smoking, quit last year, completely lost the craving, and now they even smell disgusting to me.

  7. Spooge says:

    .. and she’s still fugly.

  8. celandine says:

    I’m one of those “Happy Meal” women I’m afraid! It’s because you crave something hot, salty, meaty and sweet that can only be fulfilled by a cheeseburger and fries, but once you’ve taken a couple of bites you realise quite how horrible the food is and the feeling passes.

    I can still easily down a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Cheesecake Brownie ice cream in one sitting though…

  9. Jillian says:

    I have to admit she looks good. I always knew she could do it.

  10. bellaluna says:

    I like Kelly. I always have, though at times she’s struck me as amazingly foul-mouthed and rude. And of course she got more flack for being fat than for being a drug addict: being fat in Hollywood is the far greater of those two sins. Pretty much everyone does drugs; hardly anyone is fat.

    I am so very happy for her. Kudos to Kelly for not pimping some nonsensical “I eat whatever I want and never have to work out” B.S. we all hear way too much. Yes, working out sucks. Yes, it’s sweaty and stinky. But yes, it works.

    As far as losing cravings for things, I used to absolutely adore McDonald’s french fries. I haven’t eaten them in I can’t tell you how long, and I have no desire to eat them now, maybe ever. I also gave up fast food, and have no craving for that either. Carbs are the same way, worse than cigarettes: you crave them so bad, but if you can get through that first week, you kinda don’t really want the bread and pasta that much anymore.

  11. Big Mama says:

    I love her!

  12. padiddle says:

    I’m glad she decided to lose the weight and start a more healthy lifestyle, but I don’t think this sends out a good message to people struggling with body acceptance.
    She couldn’t accept herself in the mirror until she got super thin. That means that fundementally she still has the same self esteem issues she had when she was heavier, she just is masking them with weight loss. It is very easy to become obsessed with something like controlling weight. I just think that in addition to losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle, people should also go to counseling, to learn to get over the psychological issues that make them equate weight with self worth in the first place. Sorry, end of my rant

  13. scorpiogal says:

    I changed my diet to be healthier and exclude fast food (for the most part) a year ago, and I still get cravings…so I don’t know if they ever go away. I hope so! They do get easier to deal with though.

  14. Rose says:

    I used to smoke, then seven years ago I gave it up and never smoked again. Of course you can lose a craving.

  15. Ana says:

    When I was on a diet to lose my baby weight, I cut out fast food. Then I had to grab something quick on my lunch break, got McDonald’s and it made my stomach upset. I felt like crap all day…

    But eventually I got used to it again. I didn’t really crave it on my diet. I snacked on dry cereal all day long to keep myself busy. (That was just my snack, not a meal!)

  16. Dee says:

    sometimes I get urges too and I do go to McDonalds then I feel so sick afterwards and I remember why I stopped eating that crap in the first place! Especially after watching Food Inc!

  17. The Queen Bee says:

    I think cravings depend upon how much you like something. There is a whole spectrum of likes and dislikes ranging from things you hate to things you adore. In my personal experience, I always liked meat, but it was never a “love”… I gave up meat 3 years ago. At first it was hard, sometimes I would really crave a burger or a filet mignon. Gradually however the cravings subsided. Now when I see someone eating meat, or I smell it cooking, I am literally repelled by the scent. On the other end of the spectrum, I tried to give up white rice, white bread, white pasta… “the Whites” as I call them. I have succeeded with the bread and the rice, but I just can’t give up the pasta. It’s been the same amount of time for all these cravings, however the only one I still get is for white pasta – which has always been my favorite food. I don’t think the craving will ever go away and so I’ve learned to just eat smaller portions of the pasta dishes I don’t think I could live without.

  18. snowball says:

    I’ll be brave and come out and admit that once a month or two, I die if I don’t have a Big Mac. No fries, I never liked them, but my wee craving for sloppy greasy burgers hasn’t gone away, no matter what I weigh. I have weaned myself off of fried cheese curds though.

    I worked in a bakery painting a mural and when I saw the kind of disgusting conditions in the back where they were making them, I lost all interest in doughnuts and haven’t eaten one since – almost 25 years later.

    I’m sort of meh on Kelly. I’m glad she lost the weight, her body looks nice, but the fake blonde hair doesn’t work. She’d look good in a medium brown with nice highlights and lowlights.

    I’m going to be petty – I hate her teeth. I don’t know why, but they bug the hell out of me. Other than that, I think she’s pretty, thank god she takes after her mom’s face pre-surgery.

  19. snapdragon says:

    kelly looks great – good for her! it sucks being 5’2″ because a 5 lb. weight gain is noticable. i am about the same size as she is, so i know. my best friend is 5’10” and i swear she can put on 20 lbs. and you can’t see it. as for food cravings, no carbs, etc. i eat whatever i want but i just eat half of what’s in front of me and i swim every other day and i stay in the weight range i want for myself. i would never give up carbs – they are soooo good. i think moderation and being active on a daily basis is key.

  20. Johanna says:

    My “big” thing was coke (as in coca cola). After I started eating healthy I didn’t even miss it after a while & when I dared to one day order one it finally tasted what it really was… water & a bunch of sugar!!! So yes it is possible to lose cravings.

    And while I’m at it, who gives an F if her weight loss doesn’t send a good message about weight acceptance? Everyone has to live on their terms & if they really have a serious issue they should seek professional help not people on magazines. Losing weight is not just about looking skinny it’s about being healthy! I’m tired of seeing all of these obese people complaining that we shouldn’t be on their back about their weight & should just be accepted. We shouldn’t make fun of people who are overweight but we should definitely encourage them to live a healthier lifestyle.

  21. Poppycock says:

    She had to have weighed more than 160 lbs in that “before” picture.

    I’m the same height as her, I weigh about 155, and I wear a size 4, sometimes a 6. That “before” picture looks like she weighed closer to 180 or more.

  22. jule says:

    I developed gestational diabetes…so I had to change my diet. Some cravings went away after a while, but not my love of slurpees, once that kiddie came out, I went and got one!! 🙂

  23. scorpiogal says:

    @ Poppycock- I’m 5’8″ and 135 pounds, and I don’t even wear a size 4. At 155 lbs I wore a size 10. It’s quite possible she only weighed 155…it’s amazing how body types can vary even given the same height and weight.

  24. Chana says:

    celadine: Hold the phone. There is Ben and Jerry’s Cheesecake Brownie ice cream? 🙂

    I’m glad she lost weight. People who are her size before she lost weight have a whole host of health problems ranging from diabetes to knee and ankle injury to sleep apnea.

    Also, I don’t see anything wrong with her feeling more confident and happy now that she’s lost weight. No one should be happy or comfortable at the weight she was at before. It was unhealthy. I know I get uncomfortable with my body whenever I start to gain unnecessary weight. I’m 5’5″ and around 130. Once I creep up to 140 I work out a bit more and cut out bad foods.

    Also, I’ve lost cravings for various things as time as worn on. I hate candy bars now even though I used to love them. I used to hate pineapple but now I love it. I dunno. When I stopped eating fast food for awhile and then ate some Jack in the Box it felt like a lead ball had dropped in my stomach.

  25. Justalark says:


    I also believe that petite Kelly weighed “almost 160 pounds” in her heaviest period. I am 5’7″ and have a small frame, and I weigh between 130 and 135 (depending on the time of the month) and wear a size 6. If you are 5’2″ and 155 lbs and wear a size 4, you must be incredibly muscular or your scale is broken and you actually weigh 125 lbs…That is just amazing! Not to mention the fact, your BMI must be pretty high for your height because I’m right in the target area for 5’7″ at 130-135 pounds. Regarding cravings, I eat a vegetarian, low-fat diet, but when I’m feeling “hormonal,” I definitely crave chocolate or carbs. Maybe when I reach menopause I’ll be able to completely resist all goodies, but I’m not counting on it! 😉

  26. padiddle says:

    That’s incredible for a person to be 5’2″ and 155 and a 4! I wish I was a four – I’m a 6 usually, sometimes an 8 and I am 5’2″ and 128 lbs.
    And I wasn’t trying to say that people shouldn’t feel good about themselves for losing weight, it’s totally commendable and I applaud her. Just trying to point out that her previous thinking that she “hated” herself because she was fat is sad. You can be disappointed that you are not healthy, or even mad that you aren’t taking care of yourself – but it’s sad if being fat makes you hate everything about yourself. IMHO.

  27. a commenter says:

    Yes you can have cravings, the more carbs you eat the crazier the cravings get.. Since I switched to the paleo diet, I can run longer (10 miles without even noticing it), I can “forget eating” (which I’d never thought would happen), I don’t crave for chocolate anymore, I look toner by the day, and I truly truly feel healthy. My mind is clearer, I am more focused, I feel energetic it is just amazing!

    Honestly people, you understand how bad “whole grains”, cereals are for you after you stop eating them. Just go back to the nature, eat fruit, make salads put walnuts pomegranates in it, eat a steak, snack on almonds..Give your body what it truly needs.

  28. juiceinla says:

    21 days is all it takes to change, end or start a habit- any habit. I swear. Swear swear. you can quit anything if you can control yourself for 21 straight days.

    I swear! I became a vegetarian mainly for animal rights purposes. As you might imagine, those first few weeks of smelling thanksgiving turkey, or fried chicken or bar-b-que were r-o-u-g-h. Now I smell those things and don’t want anything to do with them, ever. I don’t even have to try.

  29. lolo says:

    Now her thong won’t stay stuck in her ass no more!

  30. Jen says:

    She looks amazing! I think she’s cute too, I can’t believe people call her fugly. *shakes head* I don’t get that – very few people are actually ‘fugly.’ I think that term gets thrown around too often and too easily.

    As per cravings, well. It’s complicated. If you want a craving gone completely, you need to cut it out COMPLETELY. Not only that, you need to build a diet that is full of healthy alternatives. The sad thing is that we are not taught to eat properly or be aware of the wide variety of foods out there.

    I found out a few years ago that I was allergic to wheat and rice. Just recently I’m getting better at cooking with different foods and I have way less craving for the bad stuff. It’s more the memory of food and how it made me feel that makes me really want the KD, etc.

    Luckily there are bean thread noodles (cheap at any Asian grocery, and very light) and quinoa, so I can build old recipes around new ingredients. Oh, and Bob’s Red Mills flour is great for baking – plus if I’m making it myself I definitely eat less in the way of carbs… because who really has the time?

    Most people don’t realize that one of the largest causes of weight gain / difficult losing weight is toxicity. Getting the mercury and other crap out is a big help. Also, when you lose fat, the toxins wash out into your system, so working out can actually make you sick. Crazy, hey?

  31. Eden says:

    I think that Kelly increased her self esteem and sense of herself as a powerful and graceful young woman on Dancing with The Stars first, and this became the launching point for her to lose weight and continue to take care of herself. If you watched her on the show, you will know what I mean. It was actually touching to watch her grow and see herself through different eyes.
    It appears that her inner self-image started to change and the outer followed from that point.
    Very healthy and natural order of doing it, IMO. Unlike Heidi for example.
    Not masking an inner perception of her ugliness but reflecting positive changes internally and expressing it.
    If it is not coming from a place that is completely matured and solid, which it most likely isn’t as she’s a young woman and it appears that her issues around food, weight and addiction are deeply layered.. than she will yo-yo..and hopefully it will continue to be an avenue for her to grow and heal.
    I think it’s wonderful that she was able get out of a cycle downward and see more of what shes capable of.

    I like her and think she looks beautiful and healthy and also looks like she is radiating something much more than just an outer change..

  32. Paula says:

    Can a person lose food cravings?

    – drank Diet Coke almost every day since I was in middle school; now I hate the stuff. Drink only water, tea, and an occasional cup of coffee
    – have not eaten a pizza, sandwich, fries, chips, or tortilla-encased food after switching to low-carb several months ago. Had cravings at first that I sometimes indulged but now I don’t.
    – used to have something chocolate after almost every meal but cravings have subsided after giving it up

    As other commenters have noted with their own examples, people’s taste buds are adaptive over time. Many foods that Americans crave are unpalatable to people in other countries. Early and frequent exposure to these foods programmed the palate to want them, and it is possible to reprogram one’s palate.

  33. Ruffian9 says:

    Best line of the interview ” “I took more hell for being fat than I did for being an absolute raging drug addict. I will never understand that.” So true……and so so wrong.

  34. Aussie Mama says:

    that’s because everybody there is either on illegal drugs or prescription drugs man. i used to have a friend that bagged me behind my back, cos i smoked weed on the weekend. yet she was on anti-depressants from the age of 18, 20+ years. unreal.i haven’t smoked weed on weekends in yonks, that’s in the past, but she’s still insane and on her tab’s. if she tried quitting them, which she has many times, she’d be screwed.
    kelly looks great, good on her!

  35. thegorilla says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 10+ years and I don’t crave meat at all like I may have when I was a kid – but anyway, she looks great, i definitely do not get how the media treats anyone over a size 4, it’s ridiculous.

  36. bo says:

    what the crap. i love her in that last photo. i need that dress. celebitchy is the one shopping site i go to where i can’t ever find a place to click and buy. user interface problems, people! i need buying buttons!

  37. BrittBitt says:

    Did that mag cover just give away the bachelor?

  38. Paula says:

    Poppycock wrote:”She had to have weighed more than 160 lbs in that “before” picture.I’m the same height as her, I weigh about 155, and I wear a size 4, sometimes a 6. ”

    Unless you are a body builder with very low body fat, that is impossible. I am 5’2,” currently weigh 115 lbs and wear a size 4. Two years ago, I weighed 125 and wore a size 6. I am not especially muscular, and my hips are 1 inch larger than my bust. An ordinary 5’2″ woman weighing 155 lbs is clinically obese.

  39. Ana says:

    I weigh 117 right now and am busting out of my size three!!! I’m 5’3.
    My pants are tight in the waist…my problem area.

  40. Magsy says:

    Somethings still weird about her though.

  41. Emily says:

    I used to eat Doritos and other cheesy chips all the time, especially if I was hungover. One day I decided to stop. I still eat them and I still love them, but now I eat them maybe once or twice a month, as opposed to nearly everyday.