Kelly Osbourne Enters Drug Rehab

By | April 5, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Kelly Osbourne, the 19-year-old daughter of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, has checked into a drug rehabilitation center for an addiction to painkillers, her parents said.

Ozzy, 55, and Sharon Osbourne, 51, talked about their daughter’s drug problem Friday night on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” Sharon Osbourne said that an English tabloid notified them Friday that they had a photograph of Kelly in an apparent drug deal.

Kelly Osbourne was confronted and eventually acknowledged a drug problem “after a lot of twisting,” Sharon Osbourne said.

Osbourne’s younger brother, Jack, 18, checked himself into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic last year, and Ozzy Osbourne has been candid about his decades of battles with substance abuse.

The siblings became international stars following the success of the MTV reality show “The Osbournes,” which shows an oft-dazed Ozzy doting over his dysfunctional family with wife-manager, Sharon. The Osbourne’s oldest daughter, Aimee, has not taken part in the show, which returns April 6 for its third season on MTV.

Ozzy said that his daughter denied having a stash of drugs, but the family’s maid said she had found a bag of pills underneath her bed.

“So the bag was delivered to me, and I opened this bag and it was full of pills…. There must have been 500 pills,” he told King.

Within hours, Kelly’s brother drove her to the Promises rehabilitation center in Malibu.

When asked on the interview show if she had advice on how to steer children away from drugs, Sharon Osbourne responded somberly.

“I’m a failure,” she replied. “How can I give anybody advice?”

The Osbournes said that for every good thing that has happened to their family, there also have been difficulties. Sharon Osbourne announced in 2002 that she was undergoing treatment for colon cancer, which is now in remission, and Ozzy last year was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident in England.

Jack Osbourne celebrates one year of sobriety April 23, his mother said.

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