Sharon Osbourne Opens Up About Childhood Abuse
Sharon Osbourne has opened up about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her music mogul father in a harrowing British TV interview.
The rock matriarch-turned-reality TV star spoke candidly during Monday night's (02Jul07) TV special Shrink Rap, hosted by actor/comedian Billy Connolly's wife Pamela, a clinical psychologist.
Osbourne told the one-time comedienne violence was a big part of her life growing up the daughter of music manager Don Arden, who oversaw the careers of acts like the Small Faces, Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath.
She said, "I was surrounded by violent people, violent talk, violent behaviour, so there was nothing unusual seeing my dad threatening someone, or brandishing a firearm. It seemed normal. I thought everybody was like this. It was part of our lives.
"My father really had a temper. He had a voice which would echo through the entire house. A couple of times he would whack me and he used to yank my hair. I wouldn't say I was abused and beaten; in those days it was a normal thing.
"I was in awe of him. I always wanted to please him. To do that I always had to do as he said."
Osbourne, who was estranged from her father for 20 years, adds the psychological scars of his treatment still impact her life today: "As punishment, my dad used to lock me in the unlit coal cupboard in the basement. I still panic in confined spaces to this day. I wont go on the underground. I hate packed trains."