This Boy Struggled with Dyslexia & Worked for Slaughterhouse, Yet Became Legendary Singer with a Wife of 41 Years

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Born into a working-class family, the fourth of six children faced the harsh realities of poverty, contending with dyslexia and departing from the traditional academic path at just 16. His journey meandered through menial jobs, a stint in a slaughterhouse, and brushes with the law, including a brief prison sentence.

Photo taken in 1975 | Source: Getty Images

Photo taken in 1975 | Source: Getty Images

Yet, against all odds, he channeled these trials into a passion for music, rising from the ashes to become the frontman of a groundbreaking heavy metal band in the 1970s. This is the captivating odyssey of a boy who transcended struggle, evolving into a legendary singer, defying societal expectations, and now celebrating a 41-year marriage.

Picture taken on August 19, 1978 | Source: Getty Images

Picture taken on August 19, 1978 | Source: Getty Images

The Rocker’s Early Struggles

He is one of the most famous and controversial rock stars in the world. Renowned as the lead singer of a legendary heavy metal band and a successful solo artist, he has captivated audiences not just with his musical prowess but also with his wild and outrageous behavior, a spectacle further amplified by his hilarious and eccentric family reality show.

Photo of the rockstar performing live on stage | Source: Getty Images

Photo of the rockstar performing live on stage | Source: Getty Images

But before his rise to fame, he faced many challenges and struggles in his childhood, from poverty and dyslexia to crime and addiction. He has overcome them all with his talent, passion, and love. He is the Prince of Darkness, but he is also a loving husband, doting father, and grandfather.

Before the world knew him as Ozzy Osbourne, he was John Michael Osbourne, a boy navigating the challenges of a poor and crowded neighborhood in Birmingham, England. Born in a working-class family, Osbourne’s early life was marked by financial struggles. His mother, tasked with stretching meals, couldn’t afford new clothes during harsh winters.

Breaking the Mold

The hurdles multiplied at school, where Osbourne battled dyslexia, a learning disorder that subjected him to teasing and bullying, earning him the moniker “Ozzy” from his classmates. These experiences fueled feelings of inadequacy and shame, leading him to drop out of school at the age of 16. When talking about Osbourne and his family, CNN narrated:

“Dyslexia hurt his ability to do well in school, and he dropped out. And I think that he carried around that feeling of being, you know, the class dummy for a long time.”

To make ends meet, he worked a series of menial jobs, including a stint in a slaughterhouse, and flirted with the wrong side of the law, culminating in a brief prison sentence for burglary before his 18th birthday. Throughout this turbulent period, however, a steadfast love for music burned brightly within him.

Following his release from prison, he embarked on a journey of self-discovery, exploring his potential as a singer. In 1968, he joined forces with a bass player, a guitarist, and a drummer, giving birth to a groundbreaking heavy metal rock band.

Controversy, Fame, and a 41-Year Love Story

Rising to fame in the 1970s, he not only delivered iconic songs but also courted controversy with his outrageous public acts, earning attention and ire in equal measure. Osbourne got married for the first time in 1971, a union that lasted until 1982. He later met the love of his life, Sharon, who he has been married to for an impressive 41 years.


Having journeyed through matrimony twice, his second marriage has proven that love can endure the test of time. Three children from his first marriage, coupled with an additional trio from his second, have given him immense joy and made him a grandfather to over ten cherished grandchildren.

The icon has a strong bond with his family, and it is evident in his interactions with his youngest, Kelly. She candidly expressed her love for him in an Instagram post that read, “I know everyone thinks their dad is the best dad in the world. The only difference is mine really is. Dad, you truly are my best friend, and I love you more than anything in the world.”