Sharon Osbourne revealed that she tried to commit suicide three times on Thursday’s episode of The Talk. The host, who has always been open about her struggle with depression, wanted to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day. In April of last year, she also discussed the matter with her co-hosts.
“Four years ago I was finding things very, very difficult and … I tried to take my life and it wasn’t for attention. I just couldn’t bear it,” she recalled, which co-host Sheryl Underwood confirmed, “I remember that time, and I remember us wanting to give you your space and your privacy.”
“I went to a place to give me help,” Osbourne revealed. She also recalled meeting two young women in the mental health treatment facility who were struggling with addiction. “They told me they were drinking and using drugs … both of them; their mothers had committed suicide. And it messed them up so bad that they couldn’t cope with their lives, and that shocked me into — come on, am I going to do this to my family, my babies? No way. And that shocked me; it was like an electric shock, and it was like, get it together.”
She continued, “It was like, ‘Look at these two girls. If I try this again, this could be my kids,’” Osbourne is married to former rocker Ozzy Osbourne, and they share three children: 34-year-old son Jack, 35-year-old daughter Kelly and 37-year-old daughter Aimée, 37.
When addressing her struggle with mental health last year, Osbourne admitted that she often coped by making light of her illness.
“I was joking about this, but I shouldn’t — talking about my depression,” she said at the time. “And it’s like, you know, saying, ‘Oh, the first time I tried to kill myself was okay, the second, all right, the third time, oye!’”
“But it’s like, I’m still here. I still do what I do, and you struggle,” continued Osbourne. “I wish everybody could think flowers and daisies and princesses, but you can’t.”
In November 2014, she revealed on The Talk that she had been taking medication to treat her depression for 16 years.
“Some days are better than others, and some days you feel like you just want to pull the sheets over your head and just stay in that bed and not do a damn thing except rot.”
In 2016, she again was vocal about her struggles, sharing how she had experienced a mental breakdown. This led to a five-week emergency leave of absence from the daytime show and a stay in a treatment facility.
After that breakdown, she spoke to Access Hollywood about her lifelong battle.
“I think if you are born with [depression], you have it all your life, and it’s an ongoing battle, so it’s an ongoing thing of realizing how blessed you are and what you got to be happy about in the day, and I have so much,” she said.