TV personality Sharon Osbourne revealed she attempted suicide four years ago.
She made the heartfelt admission on The Talk on October 8, 2020 – one day before her 68th birthday.
What did Osbourne say about her suicide attempt?
Sharon Osbourne told her audience and her colleagues about her suicide attempt in an episode of The Talk back in October 2020.
She explained that she "didn’t understand why I was feeling so different to everyone else" and "couldn’t tell anybody" – not even her husband, Ozzy Osbourne.
"Four years ago, I was finding things very, very difficult," she said during the segment.
"Four years ago, I tried to take my life and it wasn’t for attention. I just couldn’t bear it. I went to a place to give me help."
Sharon said her fellow patients, two young girls, were drinking and using drugs – and both of their mothers had committed suicide.
"It messed them up so bad that they couldn’t cope with their life," she said.
"That shocked me into come on am I going to do this to my family? My babies?
"No way. It was like 'get it together.' It was like 'look at these two girls: if I try this again these could be my kids in here messing them up mentally.'"
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Sharon also revealed that she had first started using antidepressants 28 years ago when a girl she was working with explained why she was taking them and it mirrored how she was feeling.
The talk show host said she too had wanted to stay in bed and hadn't wanted to socialize or meet friends at the time.
"I took some of her pills and after a couple of weeks I felt better," Sharon recalled. "Then she said this is the doctor go to this doctor and tell him how you feel. That was the big breakthrough for me."
She continued: "I didn’t understand why I was feeling so different to everyone else. I knew no one who felt that way. I couldn’t tell anybody. I honestly was confused.
When did Sharon marry Ozzy Osbourne?
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Sharon met Ozzy, 71 when her father was the manager for Ozzy's band Black Sabbath.
However, the pair began dating in 1979 after Sharon's father kicked Ozzy out of Black Sabbath.
Sharon became Ozzy's manager and hired a backing band before helping to launch a successful solo career which saw him release high-selling albums and embark on world tours.
The pair tied the knot in Maui, Hawaii, in 1982, but renewed their vows in May 2017 after Ozzy enjoyed a secret affair with a hair stylist.
Sharon recently dished on what her sex life with Ozzy is like.
"I had total confusion. I was lost I felt alone. I knew I hated the way I felt. I hated it.
"I would wake up in the morning and be like please god don’t let me feel this way. Let me be able to take the kids to school, go to work do my thing, I just couldn’t."
Leading up to her suicide attempt four years ago, Sharon said she had tried to overdose a couple of times.
"I would take whatever was in the bathroom cabinet," she said. But I know why I did it. I did it because it was, I needed help."
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
Who is Sharon Osbourne?
The now 70-year-old is the host of The Talk, but not the one she previously used to co-host on CBS.
It was revealed in March 2022, that she would be debuting a new show by that name this spring on the UK's TalkTV – a News Corp-owned channel.
Her TV career was launched when she created and produced the cable reality series, The Osbournes, which also featured her husband Ozzy and their children.
"Osbourne's career in the music industry has spanned more than 40 years," noted her bio for The Talk.
"In addition to managing the career of her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, she has managed numerous artists, such as Black Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra, Smashing Pumpkins, Motorhead, and Slade.
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"In 1996, Osbourne created and produced Ozzfest, which became the biggest hard rock touring festival in America."
The UK native is the author of four best-selling books, including Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography.
You’re not alone
SUICIDE is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Leading Causes of Death Report from 2018.
There were "more than two and half times as many suicides" in the US than there were homicides, according to the report.
For people ages 10 and 34, suicide was the "second leading cause of death" and the fourth for individuals ages 35 to 54.
Suicide is a vital health concern in the U.S. It affects all genders, races and ages.
This is why The-Sun.com launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The campaign calls on readers to discuss their mental health issues with their family, friends and health professionals. We can all pitch in to help out others who may be suffering and help save lives.
If you are struggling to cope, you are not alone. There are many free and confidential programs in the US aimed to help those who are struggling with their mental health.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health problems, these organizations are here to provide support:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org, 1-800-273-TALK
- Crisis Text Line, www.crisistextline.org, Text HOME to 741741
- Veterans Crisis Hotline, www.veteranscrisisline.net, 1-800-273-8255
- Trevor Project, www.thetrevorproject.org, 1-866-488-7386
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