Name: Ozzy Osbourne
Jobs: Singer and Television Personality
|Famous For: "Crazy Train," "Bark at the Moon" and The Osbournes|
Jobs Singer and Television Personality
Famous For "Crazy Train," "Bark at the Moon" and The Osbournes
“Out of everything I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most!” Crediting his early adoration of The Beatles for igniting his passion for music, John “Ozzy” Osbourne said “as soon as I heard ‘She Loves You’ on the radio, I knew I wanted to be a rock star for the rest of my life.” Setting out to do exactly that, Osbourne got his start in school musicals and, by the time he was 15 years old, had already dropped out of high school to work odd jobs and pursue his passion full time. A few months later, he teamed up with guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward to form Black Sabbath, whose dark and frightening lyrics landed the band its first record deal.
In 1970, Black Sabbath released their debut album and found instant success in the United Kingdom only to see their popularity stretch worldwide with Paranoid, which featured hits like “Iron Man” and “War Pigs.” However, growing tension among the band was apparent and led to Osbourne being fired in 1979 after his bandmates grew tired of his extreme substance abuse and unreliability. Determined not to give up, the English rocker launched his solo career with Blizzard of Ozz and ultimately established himself as the Godfather of Heavy Metal thanks to decades of hits like “Mama I’m Coming Home,” “Bark at the Moon” and “Flying High Again” in addition to a three-year stint on The Osbournes alongside his loud, argumentative and opinionated family.
With The Osbournes showing a much different side of the legendary Ozzy, his wife and manager Sharon, and his kids, Kelly and Jack, the rocker wasn’t too keen on sharing much of his personal life especially when it came to plastic surgery (then again, who could understand his mumbling?). In fact, Sharon has been exceptionally open about her own history in the operating room while her husband stays mum and does his best to cover the results with his signature sunglasses and long hair, saying only, “I’ve had a face job and a rhinoplasty… It boosted my confidence to no end.”
Osbourne’s confession that he was a bit “plastic” came as a huge shock to his loyal fans who view him as the most “metal” singer in the industry—after all, they don’t call him the Madman for nothing! But, the Godfather’s logic is simple. “My philosophy is that if, when you look in the mirror, all you can see is the double chin or the big nose, and it makes your life easier to have them cut off, do it.” He even took his confession one step further and is one of the first celebrities to ever admit how difficult it is to stop with one procedure claiming that “like tattoos, once you have one, you have two, you have three…” How’s that for honesty?
Until 2005, few people knew about Osbourne’s time under the knife since he adamantly denied all the rumors and wore thick eyeliner or dark sunglasses to mask any signs of change in his face. When people raved about how he looked younger than ever before even on The Osbournes, the Brit claimed that getting sober and eating better were to blame. Only later did he finally come clean that he had a little help from a plastic surgeon and one—yes, only one—Botox injection.
“I had Botox because [Simon Cowell] is a big fan of it,” Osbourne said during an interview. “But they stick a needle in you and it bloody hurts, so I didn’t do it again.” This is the same man who used to bite the head off a live bat before every performance, but he can’t handle a Botox needle? Come on now!
Now only opting for minor procedures to keep his “youthful” glow, the 67-year-old Prince of Darkness might have trouble realizing when enough is enough in terms of alcohol and drugs but he certainly knows when to stop when it comes to plastic surgery. Obviously not taking his latest addiction to the extreme and changing his entire appearance like so many others, Osbourne’s minor procedures didn’t break the bank—totaling around $13,000—and certainly didn’t harm his career or fame.
After rekindling his popularity on The Osbournes in the new millennium, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is still riding the wave of success even a decade later especially after earning the 2014 Global Icon Award at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Beyond that, the beloved Ozzy wrapped up a reunion tour with Black Sabbath before the band officially retired on July 4, 2014 and is set to appear alongside his son, Jack, in the docuseries titled Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour. With the adventures continuing, it’s safe to say that plastic surgery is only a footnote on Osbourne’s wild ride through life.