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Jack Osbourne Reveals All In New Bio (9/26/2006)


Jack Osbourne has written a new biography entitled "21 Years Gone". It will be released by Pan Macmillan on October 6th. The following are a few excerpts from the book that have been reported on numerous websites:

1. Jack Osbourne was so out of control as a teenager, he once attacked his sister KELLY with a knife. The 21-year-old son of rocker OZZY OSBOURNE admits he found it impossible to control his temper with his family and was forced to take anti-depressants to control his behaviour. He says, "From the moment I became a teenager I started having trouble controlling my temper. "I would have these incredible fits of rage, I'd trash my room and get into really nasty vicious fist fights with my sisters. I think the boiling point for my parents came when I held a knife to Kelly's throat."

2. Jack Osbourne turned down his mother Sharon's offer to run her management company - because he refuses to work with his sister Kelly. Osbourne, dreams of one day running his own multimedia company like British TV star Simon Cowell.

But the 21-year-old son of veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne rejected his mother's offer of help when he realized he would have to work with Kelly.

Osbourne says: "I'd like to run a TV production company and record label all in one. Like Simon Cowell, but not as mean. A few years ago Mum asked me if I would consider running her management company. But I don't think I could manage Kelly."

3. Jack Osbourne has revealed that he started taking drugs to be just like his dad, Ozzy. In his autobiography he said: "I never realized that his addictions weren't normal. I just thought that it was what dads did."

The book, details how Jack developed an addiction to painkillers. He said that when he was very young he would: "Buy myself a box of Tic Tacs mints. Then I would... swallow them down just to be like him."

Jack who has now been through rehab had his first alcoholic drink at 13 and his drinking and cannabis smoking increased when he started working with Ozzy's record label.

He said: "I was drinking more and more. I was smoking more and more... I would get b******ed for it the next day (by Sharon and Ozzy) but once that's happened three or four times it tends to lose its effect."

As he began mixing prescription painkillers and alcohol, Jack became more depressed and hit a major low when he called his girlfriend only for her ex-boyfriend to answer the phone. He said: "I started cutting myself... I sliced up my hands with a broken bottle... I reached for a bottle of absinthe... and chugged as much as I could (then) helped myself to a handful (of various pills). Twelve hours later I woke up. I don't remember if I felt relieved or upset that I was still alive... so I called the only person I could think of calling: my therapist."

4. On my 13th birthday, I discovered the joys of drinking. I was able to get my hands on a few shots of whiskey and, unlike most people, I quite liked my first taste and I got drunk for the first time.

As I reached the age of 14, I started drinking on a more regular basis - once a month, maybe, at friends' houses. And I started smoking pot, too. I found myself doing it once in a blue moon. Then every weekend.

That year I started work with Dad's label, Sony Music's Epic, doing A&R talent scouting. A few nights a week I'd go to shows at rock clubs in Los Angeles and check out the bands. I was having a ball.

I was really pretty young when I started hanging out at the major rock clubs. No matter that half of them required you to be 21 before you were allowed entry, let alone have a drink - I was A&R for Epic so the rules were bent in my favour.

I was drinking more and more, I was smoking more and more. I had also become friends with a guy who was managing one of the bands at that summer's Ozzfest, and he owned a bar in Hollywood. He told me I could turn up whenever I wanted and he made sure all the security guys and bartenders knew who I was.

So by the time I was 15 I had become aware of the fact that LA was a place where exceptions were made because of who you are. I could turn up at this bar whenever I wanted to, order a drink and get drunk. It's pretty appealing at that age, and it started to happen rather a lot.

Of course, it's hard to hide the fact that you're drunk, and my folks cottoned on to what I was doing pretty quickly. I would get bollocked for it the next day, but once that's happened three or four times it tends to lose its effect.

I WOULD drink nine or 10 tequilas, then just as many beers, and end up vomiting in the street. And I knew my mum would get a phone call from somebody who had seen it all happen.

I was 15 and I knew that if you mixed it with alcohol the effects were enhanced, and I wanted to find out what it was like. I really, really liked it. It made me feel comfortable. I already had a habit - whenever we had cans of whipped cream in the fridge I sucked out the nitrous oxide to give me that spaced-out sensation. The moment I started playing around with the painkiller OxyContin it became my drug of choice. It's just a step away from heroin - it's often referred to as Hillbilly Heroin - and it has a similar effect.

I became addicted to that feeling of oblivion it gave me, and I gave no thought to the dangers involved. The more I did it, the more I started to become engulfed in a sea of paranoia and depression.

THE depression that had plagued me on and off throughout my childhood was being accentuated by the way I was living my life.

I pretended that everything was so great, but underneath it all my dark thoughts were mutating into something more serious.

5. JACK OSBOURNE has branded his much-publicised smooch with supermodel KATE MOSS one of the "epic" moments of his life. The reality TV star sparked rumours of a romance with Moss when the pair were spotted locking lips at her birthday party in Los Angeles in January (06). However, in his candid autobiography 21 YEARS GONE, the former wild child explains their relationship never progressed any further. He recalls, "As the evening progressed I found myself on the dancefloor with Kate. One thing led to another and before I knew it we were kissing. "It was a bit of an epic moment for me - there had been plenty of women before that, but this would be a feather in the cap of any young man and I enjoyed it as much as anybody else would as my friends looked on. "But there was little more to it than that. Needless to say, the rumours didn't take very long to fly around the globe and soon - in the eyes of the media - Kate and I were an item. Not the worst rumour, but a little off the mark."

6. Jack Osbourne's mother Sharon Osbourne made him edit his upcoming autobiography - because he criticized his sisters Kelly and Aimee in it.

Osbourne, whose constant battles with pop star Kelly were shown in reality TV show The Osbournes, wrote several passages about how annoying he found his older sisters - but the Osbourne matriarch demanded the offending parts be removed from the draft.

He says, "Mum and Dad read the first draft and they were glad it was honest. There were a few things I wrote about my sisters that Mum made me take out. I had a bit of a rant about how much they sucked sometimes. I doubt Kelly will read it. My other sister Aimee will read it to see what I wrote about her but won't tell me. I saw her last week at our house in Malibu. She was having a romantic weekend with a guy and I turned up with eight of my friends shouting, 'Cool! Beach party, woo-hoo!' She wasn't happy."

7. JACK OSBOURNE was staggered when his father OZZY tried to kill his mother SHARON in a drink-fuelled fit of madness, and insists he will never forget the sight of the rocker being taken away by police wearing only his underpants. The reality TV star was just a child when the shocking event occurred, but rather than collapse into tears like the rest of his family, he was simply "confused" by the insanity surrounding him. He says, "I was only very small when my dad tried to kill my mum. "He had been downing bottles of vodka for a few days and then started acting all weird with Mum. "'We've decided that you have to die,' he told her. So, she hit the panic button that connected to the local police station as Dad grappled her to the ground with his hands around her throat and tried to strangle her. "I was sitting on the upstairs landing with my sisters KELLY and AIMEE, looking down at the scene through the bannisters and seeing my dad, wearing nothing but underpants, being handcuffed and carted away. "My sisters were crying, and so was my mum, I remember being upset that they were sad, but otherwise I just felt a bit confused."

Dad was hauled into court, but my mum refused to press charges, so he was ordered to go into rehab - not for the first time and not for the last - and a few weeks later he was home.

So growing up as the son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne was a bit out of the ordinary.

It's not like my dad was walking round the house biting the heads off bats and practising devil worship every morning before breakfast. Our family just felt different...

My earliest memories of my mum are that she was always on the phone, taking care of business.

The other stuff was done by a constantly changing army of nannies.

And boy, did we get through a ton of nannies - it must have been at least 30.

One year, Kelly and I had a joint Halloween party as it fell right in the middle of our two birthdays. It was a big event and a lot of family and friends were invited.

And where there were adults, there was alcohol.

OUR nanny at the time got absolutely obliterated and vomited all over the place. Unfortunately, Dad followed suit.

He got helplessly drunk, stripped to his underwear and stood in the hallway singing cheesy pop songs while the nanny puked violently in the background.

Mum's work took her away from home a lot, normally to America, and she was finding it increasingly difficult being away from us.

So, when I was six, the whole family upped sticks and moved to Los Angeles. I didn't get much of a chance to settle in though. A year later we moved back to the UK, and for the next few years we switched countries almost as often as most people switched cars.

Strangely, I didn't find it too disruptive. I liked it that way because I hated school. Like my dad before me, I always seemed to be getting into trouble. But just when things were coming to a head, we would make another move across the Atlantic, and suddenly the problem would go away.

It didn't help, of course, that I was told I had dyslexia at the age of eight, one in a long line of learning difficulties that I was to be diagnosed with over the next few years.

For me, the dyslexia was just another reason not to go to school. And Mum and Dad were never strict about my attendance.

From an early age I was used to spending summers with Dad and the rest of the family on tour with his band Black Sabbath, and I just didn't bother going to school.

I became really friendly with the production team and roadies and even started helping out - doing roadie work at the age of 10. Aimee, Kelly and I would just run riot. We were more spoiled on the road than we were at home because we'd just ask for something and someone would get it.

One day I said to one of the production staff: "Hey, I want a PlayStation." Sure enough, an hour later a PlayStation appeared.

And, of course, we were the typical boss's kids, being completely mischievous and seeing just what we could get away with.

From the age of 14, I started getting $200 pocket money a week.

But somehow $200 doesn't get you very far when you are travelling everywhere by taxi, buying lunch for school, eating at restaurants, getting drunk and then buying weed occasionally. These were all things that I was doing on a more or less regular basis - I was a very independent teenager.

When the idea of allowing MTV cameras in to film the goings-on of our family first came up, my reaction was instant: "No way!"

AIMEE and Kelly were at each other's throats whenever they saw each other and Dad was certainly not on his best behaviour regarding drink and drugs.

I was just embarrassed by it all - but then things never turn out quite as you intend them to, do they? Mum sat on the fence when the idea was first mooted. She'd been trying to get Dad on TV for years - she knew he was a natural in front of the camera and of course she knew how funny he could be.

At this point, Aimee hadn't said no yet, but she was about to move out, and was going through a really bad patch with Mum.

They had just had this massive fight - blows were exchanged on both sides - and Aimee was becoming more and more reclusive.

Which just left Kelly - who had always wanted to be famous. Even when she was a kid, seeing all the attention that Dad would get, she was single-minded about it.

The moment the idea was suggested, she was adamant she was going to make it happen. So she went to work on Mum. And before I knew it, it was happening. We'd bought a new house in Beverly Hills, which meant MTV could work their needs into the way the house was being rebuilt - cameras everywhere, and a special control room for them to be able to watch what was going on everywhere in the house. Whenever we said: "Stop filming", they had to stop.

There were no cameras in the bathrooms and - in theory - none in the bedrooms - although they were always trying to put one in mine. At all times we had two full camera teams on site, a minimum of 16 other people in the house at any one time. And I was 15 years old with hormones going through the roof and experimenting with drugs, alcohol and girls.

You've got acne, your hair's a joke, you're slightly overweight - and no matter how comfortable you are in front of the camera, there are going to be moments when you suddenly feel a sense of paranoia, and wish it all wasn't happening.

But any doubts I still harboured about the wisdom of agreeing to take part in The Osbournes were dispelled when they started talking money.

Mum was looking after us in that respect, as she always did, and she was insistent that as we were all taking part, we would all get paid properly. So when I was told I'd get $50,000 for my troubles, I was as excited as any 15-year-old would be.

The Osbournes was the most massive international success and we became household names.

One week, Mum, Kelly, Aimee and I found ourselves in New York City at the Trump Hotel - where we had our own private apartment - and we were there to see a friend's band perform.

I had been chilling out in my room when someone called and asked me to go and see Mum. The moment I walked in, I knew there was something wrong, she was on the floor, crying, and everyone else was standing around with shocked looks.

Immediately, my thoughts turned to Dad who was on tour. He's taken too many pills... he's in hospital having his stomach pumped...

It never even crossed my mind that something might be wrong with Mum. She was the rock on which the whole family was built.

Nothing could knock her down. There was an awkward silence as everybody looked at me. They said nothing.

"What's wrong?" I asked. No reply. I started to feel angry. The familiar rage was welling up inside me. I walked up to one of the people in the room - I don't remember who - and I grabbed them by their clothes.

"What's happening?" I yelled at them. And then they told me. The words were like splinters in my heart: "Your mum has cancer."

Suddenly, it was my turn to be silent.

Jack's new book will be released on October 6th. You can purchase it from Amazon.com here.


Source: irishexaminer.com / contactmusic / sky news / mirror.co.uk / starpulse

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