Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Kelly Osbourne’s Startling Transformation

Kelly Osbourne has grown up in the spotlight, so it comes as no surprise that she’s changed up her look on several occasions. Indeed, she first came into the public eye aged 17 on her family’s reality show, The Osbournes. Since then, however, it’s more than her fashion sense that has altered, as she’s slimmed down and transformed her lifestyle. And a recent Instagram post, in which she revealed her 85-pound weight loss, has certainly sent fans into a frenzy.

Fans of Kelly’s will know that she has had quite an evolution, as far as fashion goes. When she first broke onto the Hollywood scene, for instance, she had cropped haircuts in bold colors, and she wore dark, gothic clothing. She had crimped her locks and brushed on porcelain powder to highlight the contrast between her skin and dark hair.

Since then, though, things have changed for Kelly in a multitude of ways. And it all seemed to start when she nabbed a place in the line-up of 2009’s Dancing With the Stars. Hot-footing it across the dance floor marked not only a life change for the former reality star, but a physical one, too. That’s right, her incredible body transformation began at this point in her life.

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But perhaps most notably of all, Kelly has a serious glow about her these days. And her style – compared to the one that she rocked as a teenager on The Osbournes – has completely changed. It all comes down to a few steps that the TV host took to change her lifestyle and, therefore, her look as we know it.

Kelly didn’t have what you might call a traditional childhood. This makes sense considering her father, Ozzy Osbourne, once fronted the heavy metal outfit Black Sabbath. As such, the future TV star spent her youth touring with her dad’s band. The family moved around a lot, too. And as a result, she lived in upwards of 20 different abodes in both her native U.K. and in the U.S.

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All the while, though, Kelly stayed relatively clear of her father’s spotlight – that is, until 2002. That year, the then-17-year-old, along with her father Ozzy, mother Sharon, and brother Jack, starred in the MTV reality series The Osbournes. Her elder sister, Aimee, however, declined to appear on screen.

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The Osbournes became an instant hit, with MTV claiming that the first season was the most watched series in the network’s history. And the critics liked it, too. Kelly and her family even took home an Emmy in 2002 after winning the Outstanding Reality Program gong. With that, the spotlight fell on the young star as well as the rest of the outspoken clan.

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But the attention that the family received wasn’t always positive, especially for the somewhat wild teenager. That’s right, the media and the public began judging Kelly for her appearance. She later told Shape magazine, “I was called fat and ugly in the press. […] I understand that being judged by others comes with the territory, but it broke my heart and ruined my self-esteem.”

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Kelly continued, “It sets you up to hate yourself in a huge way. I was so angry about the things people said about me.” And during the time that The Osbournes was making waves, her look seemingly reflected that inner turmoil. The teenager often wore punk-inspired clothing and sported multi-colored, bluntly chopped hairstyles.

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In spite of such criticism, however, Kelly persisted in pursuing her Hollywood career. After The Osbournes put her on the map, the teenager landed a deal with Epic Records. Her debut album, Shut Up, did fairly well with American audiences but failed to make a mark with her label. And as a result, Epic subsequently dropped the star in 2003.

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In that same year, though, Kelly found a new label under which to create music. With Sanctuary records, the singer released her first number one hit, “Changes.” The song just so happened to be a tune that belonged to her father and his band, Black Sabbath. Ozzy sang alongside his daughter on the updated version, and it shot to the top of the charts in Britain.

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Although Kelly had seemed to have found her musical groove, her style choices remained debatable, to say the least. For instance, in 2014 Glamour magazine described the star’s outfit choice for the 2003 MTV Music Awards as an “ill-fitting gothic turquoise number.” She also supposedly “[hit] an unstylish rock bottom” shortly thereafter, when she wore a “badly-shaped lilac dress, oddly placed belt and netted skirt” to a 2004 Grammys party.

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Around the same time as those fashion faux-pas, Kelly’s battle with drug addiction began. In April of 2004, she told her family members that she needed help because was abusing painkillers. And as a result, they checked her into the Malibu-based Promises rehab facility. Within a year of her treatment, however, the pop star suffered a relapse.

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After a second stint in rehab, Kelly seemed to get back on her feet. And as far as her style went, the singer began to find her footing outside of her formerly punk-centric look. Namely, she started rocking more retro styles and silhouettes. Of course, from time to time, the star still slipped in a few grunge-inspired outfits, too.

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With The Osbournes coming to a close in 2005, then, Kelly found herself branching out into various hosting and performing gigs. For instance, she presented two seasons of the Sky One series, Project Catwalk. The singer also fronted her own advice show on BBC Radio One. And she starred as prison inmate Mama Morton in the London cast of the musical Chicago.

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But even with Kelly’s career once again on the up, her personal demons would return to plague her a final time. At the beginning of 2009, the star once again checked into rehab, acknowledging that she had relapsed in her abuse of painkillers. And after undergoing the 30-day-long treatment, the singer realized that the program had actually helped her this time.

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But, as Kelly told Shape magazine in 2011, overcoming addiction meant more than just ceasing to take pills. Instead, she explained, “I replaced the drugs with food and just got fatter and fatter.” Plus, the star went on, “I’m an emotional eater. When I get upset, my diet goes out the window.”

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As it turned out, 2009 would also see Kelly learn how to deal with those unhealthy eating habits. And she can thank her stint on Dancing With the Stars for this. It seems, you see, that the unhealthy diet that the star followed before starting the show didn’t give her the energy she needed to get through strenuous rehearsals.

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As Kelly told Shape magazine, “I’d fill up on French fries and pizza all day and wonder why I wasn’t losing weight. In the very beginning, I kept getting sick during rehearsals because I was eating such terrible, fatty food and feeling so exhausted.” So, Louis van Amstel, her DWTS partner, decided to step in to help the star.

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Kelly described how van Amstel taught her the basic tenets of healthy nutrition. She recalled to Shape magazine, “He made me eat turkey burgers and salads and explained to me that a high-protein, low-carb diet would keep me energized. Then I started losing weight and realized, ‘Oh, it’s true what they say. Diet and exercise really work!’”

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Kelly may not have won the DWTS trophy – she came in third place on the show – but she did leave with a very special consolation prize. Yes, she shed 20 pounds throughout the course of her training and performances. And the star felt determined to keep the weight off once she returned to her normal life.

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Reality set in, though, as the scales started to tick up after the show ended. Kelly told Shape magazine, “I put on three or four pounds and I didn’t like it one bit.” So, she started to work exercise into her everyday life. First, the star broke a sweat alongside her mother, Sharon, and her trainer, Sarah Hagaman.

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Kelly, Sharon and Hagaman started by going on hikes but, soon, the DWTS finalist felt ready to take things to the next level. She started hitting the gym, making a few minor style adjustments to boost her confidence. At first, you see, she heartbreakingly admitted to Shape magazine, “I would look at myself and think, ‘Ugh!’ I was miserable.”

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To get that self confidence boost, Kelly created a gym-centric style for herself. As she explained during the Shape magazine interview, “To get to the gym – when you already don’t like yourself – is really hard. So I had to make it fun.” The singer pieced together “cute outfits” and sometimes popped on some makeup, too. “As vain as it sounds, it really helped me because eventually I stopped hating the way I looked.”

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By the time Kelly spoke with Shape magazine, she had spent nine months after DWTS honing her health and fitness. As such, the star shed an extra 30 pounds on top of the 20 that she’d lost while on the show. And she credited it all to “making better choices.” The singer did, however, admit to allowing herself some indulgences once she had achieved her goals.

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And in August 2020 Kelly revealed yet another huge milestone in her weight-loss journey. Yes, when she shared a snap on Instagram in which she looks practically unrecognizable, it stunned her fans. But it was the admission that Kelly had shed a whopping 85 pounds in total that truly left her followers reeling.

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Of course, such changes in Kelly’s figure meant that she could revamp her style, too. In many instances, the fashionista would go for strictly sweet retro-inspired silhouettes. But she also brought rock ‘n’ roll back into play every now and then. Indeed, the star never seemed to forget where she came from, stylistically speaking.

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With a clear eye for style, it made sense that Kelly’s next gig would involve the fashion industry. In 2011, she became a co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, presented by comedian Joan Rivers. On the show, Kelly, Rivers and the other panelists would analyze stars’ wardrobe choices.

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Kelly stayed on as a Fashion Police panelist until 2015. And during her tenure on the E! series, her personal life changed, too. While attending Kate Moss and Jamie Hince’s wedding in 2011, the TV presenter met chef Matthew Mosshart. The two embarked on a relationship that led to an engagement, but it ultimately came to an end in early 2014.

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Nevertheless, Kelly’s time with Mosshart taught her a valuable lesson – one that would contribute to the transformation we see today. The chef’s culinary specialty, you see, was vegan fare. And he persuaded his then-girlfriend to start following a plant-based diet as well. She did, however, admit to being hesitant about making the change at first.

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According to Closer magazine, Kelly admitted, “I used to think being vegan was boring.” However, upon delving into a plant-based diet, she realized, “Now I have more fun with food than ever.” And the star’s joy is contagious – especially for her Instagram followers, who get to see her vegan concoctions when she shares them online.

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For instance, Kelly once displayed a photo of a vegan mac and cheese she’d whipped up because, as she wrote on Instagram, “I really miss eating cheese.” The vegan alternative, she said, tasted just like the real stuff. So, she stuck to her plant-based regimen. And she wasn’t alone – many Hollywood A-listers also follow a vegan diet.

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Famous faces such as Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez and Jared Leto have followed or continue to take part in the vegan lifestyle. And many people outside of Hollywood choose to do so as well. Indeed, a plant-based diet affords health benefits to everyone, including the potential to elicit weight loss.

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And while Kelly has stuck to that diet regimen, she has again switched up her look on a multitude of occasions. In recent years, for instance, she often rocked hair in varying shades of purple. Sometimes, it’s a very faint lavender color while other times it’s a punchier, more pigmented hue.

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Kelly styles her locks in a multitude of different ways, too. She’s done everything from retro curls to dramatic, face-framing waves. She has shaved certain segments and even completely gotten rid of the sides in favor of a mohawk. The daring fashionista then used the remaining strands to fashion herself a topknot.

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Although Kelly is ever-so experimental, she does seem to return to her roots quite a lot. As recently as September of 2019, for instance, she decided against the more traditional red carpet gown in favor of her formerly signature look. The Daily Mail described the resulting outfit as “rocker-meets-Gothic style.”

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Maybe such a return to her roots comes from the time that Kelly has reportedly taken for herself. And at a press preview for the 2019 Emmy Awards, she told the media that she had decided to stay single for the sake of self-improvement. She explained during a press call, “I’m not good to anyone unless I’m good.”

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One person Kelly always has love for, though, is her mother, Sharon. The purple-haired fashionista said during the Emmys season that she supported her mother’s recent decision to have a facelift. And she saw her mom through the same positive lens that she’s learned to see herself.

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As Kelly explained to Extra, “[My mom] knows […] that I think she is beautiful and stunning and doesn’t need [a face lift]. I know that it’s what she wants, so if it makes her happy, I support her in what she does. I will go on record and say that my mother was perfect before it and she is perfect after it. It made her happy, so…”

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As for Kelly, the only way to go is up. She has owned her personal health and style, creating a signature combination of retro, glam and rocker-chic. She continues hosting and making her mark on the fashion world. It’s hard to believe, then, that she’s the same punk-inspired girl who appeared on TV screens for the first time nearly 20 years ago.

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