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 Instant stardom, "the least favorite Osbourne," and the drugs of Los Angeles...



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 Mom's cancer, holding his own with grown-up druggies, and OxyContin...



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 Hitting bottom, attempting suicide, and asking for help...



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 Detoxing ugly, then into rehab...



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 Being Ozzy's son, and reconnecting with Mom and his sisters...







 On-Air: 'The Osbournes'




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Yago: Was there any part of you that got into these drugs because you wanted to emulate your dad?

Osbourne: No, not at all.

Yago: I remember seeing an interview that your sister did where she said that your dad was the best anti-drug ad on the planet. Did you feel the same way?

Osbourne: I never even thought of it like that. I would look at him like, "Yeah, drugs are bad, but that's never going to happen to me. I'm never going to be like that; I'm going to be different."

Yago: Growing up, what was your parents' attitude about drugs? What did they tell you? Were they "Just Say No" parents?

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Osbourne: They were very strict about it. Drinking was pretty much OK 'cause, as you know, we're from England [where] drinking is super socially accepted and it's just part of everyday life. But drugs — when Kelly first got caught smoking pot, mom and dad went apesh--. And of course when they went apesh-- on Kelly, she sank my ship, too. She was like, "Jack did it too!" I was 13, completely getting yelled at and then I was like, "OK, I'm not going to do it any more, I swear." Then I started smoking pot again and my school found out and they threatened to expel me and then I just started doing certain things, like cleaning up my act.

Yago: How has going to rehab changed your relationship with your mom and dad and your sisters?

Osbourne: It's brought me and my dad a lot closer. In a way, we're doing this together this time around. He'll openly admit he's been trying to get clean for some 18-odd years or so. When I was younger I was like "What the f---? Why can't you get this right? What's so hard about it?" And now I can understand how hard it is. ... Sobriety can't be forced upon you; you're gonna have to want to do it.

Yago: But at least now he's got you to help him out, and you've got him to help out ...

Osbourne: If I have a problem, stuff's going through my head, I feel like using, I usually go and talk to him.

Yago: What does he say to you?

Osbourne: It's nothing people can ever say to you; just the sheer fact of talking about it helps.

Yago: Your dad's had a very long history with battling drugs. Do you every worry that you're going to be forced to inherit the same fate?

Osbourne: No, because I think a huge difference is [that] I decided to get sober a lot younger than he did. He first tried to get sober when he was like 32, I believe.

Yago: How did going through rehab change your relationship with your mom?

Osbourne: I realized how much I hurt her and how much pain I put her through. There's not enough sorrys in the world that could fix it.

Yago: What about your sisters? How did they respond to the fact that you got checked into rehab at 17?

Osbourne: Well, the funny thing is, some of Kelly's friends knew I was going, knew my parents were thinking of sending me to rehab before I did. ... Kelly and I were continually working on some of our differences. Sadly, she wasn't able to come to as many of the group therapy sessions up where I was at.

Yago: Did she resent the fact that you were in there? Was she angry about that?

Osbourne: No, I don't think so. She was not resentful. I think actually more than anything, she was just happy and glad that I was taking care of myself.

Yago: What about Aimee?

Osbourne: The same. You know, Aimee's been very supportive in her own way.

Yago: Have you had to cut any friends out of your life now that you're clean?

Osbourne: Yeah, a lot. Pretty much all of them.

Yago: Is that hard for you?

Osbourne: Yes and no. The hard part is, those were my friends, but then I start thinking, "Well, they never returned my calls when I was in treatment, they never sent me a letter, they never asked or came up to see me. ... Were they really my friends?" Then I still think they're my friends, you know, "Whatever, stop kidding yourself. They're your friends, they've helped you out lots of times," but actually, when you start thinking about it, with a lot of them, the only real thing we had in common was using.

Yago: Could someone had said something, could anyone have done anything that could have gotten you off OxyContin and gotten you out of that hard-partying lifestyle? Could your mom or dad have said the magic bullet? Could your sisters have intervened? Could someone have said or done anything that could have kept you from using?

Osbourne: I found out, from being around the program, that it's nothing anyone can do.

Yago: If somebody's watching this right now, and they've got a friend who they see spinning out of control, or they're spinning out of control themselves, what advice would you give them?

Osbourne: Do they really think that what they're doing is normal, or what they're doing is right? How happy is it really making them? You think, "Oh, I'm great, it's all wonderful," until you don't have the drugs, until you don't have anything, and then a real normal everyday life situation comes up and you freak out. You're like, "What is this sh--? I don't know how to deal with it."

Yago: How does it feel to be clean?

Osbourne: It feels good. It feels really good. I'm real clear, you know? There's no fogginess.

Yago: Are you clean now?

Osbourne: Yes.

Yago: Have you had any slipups since you've got out of rehab?

Osbourne: Not one.

Yago: Not one?

Osbourne: Not one.


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