Kelly Osbourne Celebrates Sober Milestone: I'm Overwhelmed With Gratitude

By Bryan Le 08/12/19

The singer posted a tribute on Instagram to all the people who have supported her in her sober journey.

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Kelly Osbourne celebrated two years sober in a post on Instagram on Friday. The 34-year-old singer and TV personality broke down exactly how long two years is in smaller units: 24 months, 731 days, or 17,529 hours. In her caption, she thanked everyone who stuck with her for those 63 million seconds.

“I woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed with gratitude. I can’t even put into words how much my life has changed over the last 2 years,” she wrote. “To the friends and family that have supported me on this Journey thank you I love you all so much. If you are new to sobriety stick to it life really does get good.”

Sober Journey

The road to sobriety hasn’t been without its hiccups for Osbourne. Her IG post celebrates two years since her relapse in 2017. Last year, she posted on Instagram to celebrate one year sober and captioned it describing the struggles she faced in sobriety.

“This past year has been one of the hardest years of my life and I feel it’s time [I] share that with you guys,” she posted. “To cut a long story short things got really dark. I gave up on everything in my life but most of all I gave up on myself. Life on life’s terms became too much for me to handle. The only way I knew how to function was to self-medicate and go from project to project so I never had to focus on what was really going on with me. Something had to give… and it did.”

She also addressed why she had to disappear from the public eye for a time.

“I have [spent] the past year truly working on my mind body and soul! I had to take a step out of the public eye away from work and give myself a chance to heal and figure out who the f— I really am without a camera in my face,” the singer revealed.

Osbourne has long struggled with substance use. Her first encounter with drugs came when she was just 13 years old when she was prescribed liquid Vicodin after a medical procedure.

Chasing Confidence 

“I had my tonsils taken out, and they gave me liquid Vicodin,” she told People in 2009. “I found, when I take this, people like me. I’m having fun, I’m not getting picked on. It became a confidence thing.”

Osbourne began to chase that confidence boost any way she could.

“I have crazy anxiety. I was walking around with a constant sweat moustache,” she says. “So what’s the first thing you do? Go to a doctor. They give you Xanax, Klonopin, Valium. I’d start off taking them as prescribed. Then I’d be like, ‘These are magic pills! Take 10!'”

After four rehab stints, six detox stays, and one stint at a mental institution, she finally pulled it together and made the choice to get sober.

“For me, it was either I was going to die, or I was going to get help,” Osbourne said. “I decided that I wanted to live, that life is worth living and that I have an incredible family and friends and why am I allowing myself to be so miserable?”

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Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter