Jack Osbourne Has Been Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

"Why now?"

Jack Osbourne, the only son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that affects the central nervous system. Seemingly out of the blue, Osbourne revealed his illness in an interview with People magazine … just two weeks after his fiancée, Lisa Stelly, welcomed into the world their first born child … a daughter they named Pearl Clementine. The new issue of People will feature Jack‘s entire interview but today we get to read small excerpts from his shocking revelation.

Jack Osbourne has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he tells PEOPLE exclusively. Just two weeks after he and fiancée Lisa Stelly welcomed daughter Pearl Clementine, Osbourne, 26, was dealt the shocking news. In an exclusive, sit-down interview and photo shoot with PEOPLE magazine, Jack and his mother Sharon open up about their emotional ordeal. “I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, ‘Why now?’ ” Jack tells PEOPLE. “I’ve got a family and that’s what’s supposed to be the most important thing.” Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – and can cause problems with muscle control and strength, vision, balance, feeling, and thinking. MS differs in each case, with some people going through life with only minor problems and others becoming seriously disabled. Most people fall somewhere between those two extremes.

Wow. This is very surprising, very sad news. I can understand Jack‘s frustration and his Why Now? questioning, especially at this stage of his life. He is happily engaged to the woman he loves, he is a brand new father and then now he has to deal with this affliction. I must confess, I am not very familiar with the effects of MS nor do I fully understand how it manifests or what treatment options entail. I’m convinced that Jack‘s family will do everything possible to ensure that he is in the best health possible. As sad as his story is, I think it’s amazing that Jack is so open with his story. I don’t know much about this disease but perhaps now I and many other people will learn more. I wish Jack all the best and truly hope he is able to beat this illness. If anyone can overcome a disease like this, it would be someone like Jack Osbourne.

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  1. What

    There is no cure for this but it is very treatable. My friends husband has this disease and has had it since he was 24 and he is 30 now. I also have an autoimmune disease and my dr thinks that any disease such as MS and RA is always in your DNA and that it is triggered by an event, be it good or traumatic. Take Jack fr example the birth of his daughter huge! Me, my husband and I hit a rocky patch in our marriage and separated for a while. Sorry! Rambling! I hope since they caught his MS while it is in it’s early stages that it is easier to manage! Wish him all the best with his new family!

    • Lulu

      Exactly…. It is nothing you “contract”… As said above, there is usually a trigger that unleashes it.

      Very sad for him…

  2. whatevezz

    “Contract” MS ? Since when can you “contract” nevrous system condidtion. LoL.

  3. Kel

    My BFF’s mother died from complications stemming from MA. It is a horrible, mean disease that can be just a slight hindrance or can make you debilitate until you need a feeding tube, wheelchair, cannot regulate your own body temp…all in all it sucks. I hope he is young enough and lucky enough to be in the former category and watch Pearl grow up for many years to come

  4. Jay

    Very sad to hear, but here’s hoping he’s in the Relapsing/Remitting category of MS and not in a more advanced stage. My father has Relapsing/Remitting MS and was diagnosed when he was 30. Now at the age of 56, he has been able to go fully off his medical treatments and is running his second marathon with me this year. MS can be a cruel, cruel disorder, but it can also be successfully managed.

  5. Erica

    I did an internship with the MS Society 5 or so years ago and, although I realize treatments must have improved since then, there were not a lot of great options. Back then, 4 kinds of MS had been identified and some were more manageable than others with medication. The entire goal was to slow the progression of the disease but I remember some of the types not even having medicines that were very effective at that.

    I’ve encountered people with MS a few other times – a friend of mine’s mother was diagnosed around the time my friend was born. I only met the girl in high school and her mom was already in a wheelchair full-time, unable to feed herself. Her family is great about treating her mom as they would anywhere else, taking her places, and including her in important family events. :)

    I also worked with a woman who had MS just the other year. I saw her progress from using a walker most of the time and occasionally using a scooter to using a scooter almost all of the time. Her outlook was good and although she probably could have collected unemployment due to her disability, there she was in the workplace and trying to keep doing the things she was able to do for as long as she could.

    I wish Jack some of these same things – and of course, as long of a time as possible before the effects of the disease really start to impede his everyday life with his family.

  6. I was really shocked when I found out about this. It is a terrible diagnosis to have since it is very slow to develop over time. I’ve known parents of friend’s of my sister who have MS and its terrible effects. I wish nothing but continued happiness for him and his new family. I am also hoping that the rest of his family can be there to love and support him. I read somewhere that Sharon has been blaming herself since she found out saying things such as “Was there something I did when I was pregnant or just after that could have caused this?” That’s a horrible way to think. The causes of MS are shady at best and the one thing they have ruled out is that parenting styles have nothing to do with the onset of the disease. I hope she can rally herself around Jack and support him in the way he deserves to be supported at this point in this life.

  7. Tracy

    This is so sad after all he as overcome and his struggles. Now he has to deal with this so so sad.

  8. Rebecca

    I really liked how you wrote this Trent. I’ve been a fan of jack osbourne since the time all the celebrities did the detox in Thailand (or wherever it was), he really seemed to turn his life around during Adrenaline Junkie and I have a huge respect for that.
    No doubt Jack will take this as just another hurdle to conquer. I wish him and his family nothing but the best.

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