With Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s divorce announcement putting an end to 33 years of marriage, here’s a look back at the highs and lows of the couple’s time together.
1970: Sharon was just 18 years old when she met Ozzy. Her father, Don Arden, managed Black Sabbath, the band Ozzy fronted.
1979: Ozzy was fired from Black Sabbath by Arden. Sharon flew to Los Angeles to meet Ozzy and began managing his career and the two started dating.
1982: Ozzy and Sharon marry in Maui, Hawaii on July 4th.
1983 - 1985: They welcome the birth of their children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack.
1989: While the previous years had been marred by domestic violence, a serious low-point was reached in August 1989. Ozzy returned home drunk from performing at a music festival and announced, "I’ve decided you have to go," before trying to strangle Sharon, as she later recalled. Sharon called the police but decided not to press charges. Ozzy spends three months in rehab.
1999: Sharon lost 100 pounds after undergoing lap-band surgery. She later had the band removed.
2002-2005: The Osbournes years. The family’s MTV reality television show is one of the network’s most successful ever at the time of the first season. It catapults the family, including children Kelly and Jack, into pop-culture stardom.
2002: After Sharon was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, she was upset to see it spread in the summer of 2002. "You think nothing will ever happen to you. You're invincible. Then after you get over the shock and panic, you realize how lucky you are to be alive," she told People magazine at the time. Ozzy was the one who had urged her to get a checkup and told the magazine that he was doing a lot of praying for his wife. "She's my whole world," he said at the time. "She's the best lover I've ever had, the best friend I've ever had. She has been my pillar of strength for many years."
2002: By the age of 16, Kelly was taking up to 50 prescription pills a day. She wrote about her addiction in her memoir, Fierce, in 2009. In the book, she said her mother’s cancer diagnosis drove her to go overboard with her drug use. “I was trying to stay strong so I took Vicodin to hide the terrible sadness,” she wrote. “But by this point I was waking up and emptying six Vicodin into my hand… Soon I was taking 50 pills a day. Most people would overdose on 10.” Eventually photographs of Kelly buying drugs were sent to her parents and she entered rehab three different times before getting clean.
2003: Struggling with the pressures of his family’s fame, Jack entered rehab in April and later got candid about his own drug addiction. "What no one knew as I was filming the second (season) of The Osbournes was that aged just 16 I was struggling with a serious addiction to a painkiller called Oxycontin or 'Hillbilly heroin'," he said in a British TV interview with Kelly in 2004. "My drug taking made me so miserable that just months after this footage was recorded I tried to kill myself."
2012: Just three weeks after the birth of his daughter Pearl, Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). The devastating blow hurt the family, including Jack’s parents who seemingly blamed themselves for his condition. “I kept thinking, ‘What did I do wrong? What did I eat or drink when I was pregnant?’ I feel like it was somehow my fault,” Sharon told BBC News. Ozzy added, “If it was me, you’d think, ‘Ozzy had a reputation and it caught up with him,’ but Jack is such a good guy.”
2012: After learning she was at risk for breast cancer a decade after her first cancer battle, Sharon underwent a preventative double mastectomy. “For me, it wasn’t a big decision, it was a no-brainer. I didn’t want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me,” she told Hello! magazine at the time.
2013: In April 2013, Ozzy took to Facebook to announce that he had resumed his alcohol and drug abuse in the previous 18 months, but was again living sober. Sharon addressed divorce rumors and emphatically denied them on The Talk, where she is a co-host, but admitted Ozzy continued to struggle with sobriety.
2016: Sharon came out as bisexual on her show, The Talk, saying, “I always think everybody is gay, so am I. I am not a little bit gay. I am extremely interested in the fact of what I missed out on. But it is too late now."
2016: A source close to the couple confirmed to ET in May that the longtime couple had split after 33 years of marriage. Just a week earlier Sharon had posted a loving pic of her hubby performing in Australia and the two had shared a romantic smooch in a Valentine’s Day post in February.