(born John Michael Osbourne, 3 December 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England) was the lead singer of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, popular solo artist, and reality television star.
Osbourne has been married twice and is the father of five children: from first wife Thelma Riley:
- adopted his first wife's son, Elliot Kingsley (1966),
- Jessica Starshine Osbourne Hobbs (20 Jan 1972)
- Louis John Osbourne (1975).
from current wife Sharon Osbourne:
- Aimee Osbourne (2 September 1983)
- Kelly Osbourne (27 October 1984)
- Jack Osbourne (born 8 November 1985).
He has two grandchildren, Isabelle and Harry from his daughter Jessica.
Osbourne lived in Birmingham, England for most of his early life. Born into extreme poverty to a family with six children, he also had learning disabilities (reportedly dyslexia), for which he was bullied considerably in school. To lift himself out of clinical depression, he took refuge in music early on, eventually becoming the singer of a local band, Rare Breed. One of his former bullies, Tony Iommi, reluctantly invited him to jam with his budding group, the Polka Tulk Blues Band (later renamed Earth), and was favorably impressed by his voice. At a time when psychedelic rock was the norm, Iommi and his partners decided to play heavy blues and sing about the bleak quality of life surrounding them. Because the name Earth had already been used elsewhere, they opted to rename the group Black Sabbath.