The Most Embarrassing Moment Of Ozzy Osbourne’s Childhood


People always want to go back to their childhood in which they were free from responsibilities, even though they mostly remember all of the traumas they experienced. In most rockers’ cases, they have had many moments when they grow up that positively and negatively affect their future. Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine had an abusive father, Eric Clapton thought his mother was his sister, and rock music has many more to offer in terms of devastating stories.

One of those stories belongs to Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne, who once belonged to a middle-class family struggling financially. As a toddler, little Osbourne had a moment when he was embarrassed by his look and family due to their lack of financial support that he remembered years later.

Why Did Ozzy Osbourne Feel Humiliated In His Childhood?


Black Sabbath’s lead singer Ozzy Osbourne grew up in the Aston area of Birmingham. His mother, Lilian, worked at a factory and his father, John Thomas Osbourne, was a toolmaker at the General Electric Company as a night shift worker. Osbourne has three sisters, Gillian, Jean, Iris, and his younger brothers, Paul and Tony. They lived in a small house because they couldn’t afford to live in a place with better conditions.

Unfortunately, their lifestyle was not surprising, considering the living conditions of a working-class family in England back then. Neither mother nor father had time to take care of all kids because of work schedules and economic reasons. No matter how much they worked, they never had enough money to buy new clothes and healthier food for their children and themselves. Osbourne had to face this painful fact at an early age.

In one of his previous interviews, Osbourne revealed the moment when he realized that they were poor, saying that the school’s headmaster warned him about his ‘dirty’ look. He sent him back home to get clean, and Osbourne stated that he was embarrassed. The musician added that he had dyslexia, which was discovered many years later; therefore, he couldn’t understand English or maths. He was only interested in arts which would shape his career choice years later, especially when Osbourne heard The Beatles when he was very young.

In Osbourne’s words, he said:

“All I ever wanted to do was do something good so that my parents could be proud of me. I never received any encouragement. My father would work nights, and my mother would work during the day. We were expected to get a job with a trade. I couldn’t stand the idea of being in one place for the rest of my life.

I was a dreamer. I was always dreaming about magical things and wonderfulness and having a wonderful life, but the reality was different. I remember going to school late one day, and the headmaster was standing at the gates of the school, and he said, ‘I don’t want to see you late again. Go home; you’re not clean enough.’ That’s remained with me. We had no money, and things were scarce.

I was so embarrassed. To be told you’re not clean enough. I was never good at sports. I was never good at exams because they didn’t understand dyslexia. I could not understand what the hell was mathematics, English, geography. What is that all about? Algebra, what the f*ck? The only class I liked was art class, which was just fucking coloring and painting things.”

That ‘not clean enough’ boy became one of the most successful heavy metal singers globally, but the Black Sabbath legend never forgot this harsh criticism about his appearance. Also, from another perspective, Osbourne’s life story can be a great example and inspiration for the people who have been living under harsh conditions and want to reach their dreams without giving up.