Jack Osbourne, 26, has multiple sclerosis
Reality TV star Jack Osbourne, 26, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, reported celebrity magazine People.
He was given the bad news two weeks after the birth of his daughter Pearl Clementine in April, his first child with fiancée Lisa Stelly. Jack had recently lost most of the vision in his right eye and decided to get a medical check at the hospital where his baby was born.
"I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, why now?” Jack said. “I've got a family and that's what's supposed to be the most important thing."
"I got really sad for about two days and after that I realised, being angry and upset is not going to do anything at this point. If anything it's only going to make it worse. ‘Adapt and overcome’ is my new motto,” he added.
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system—brain and spinal cord—and can affect muscle control, strength, vision and balance, thinking and feeling. There’s no known cure and the life expectancy of those with MS is five to 10 years below an average person.
MS is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults in America. Other stars battling MS include Grammy-winning R&B singer Tamia (37), talk show host Montel Williams (55) and actress Teri Garr (64). The disease was also a major plotline for the fictional President Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen, in the Emmy- and Globe-winning series The West Wing.
Jack is known as the rebellious teenager in the reality show The Osbournes, which followed the crazy life of rocker Ozzy Osbourne’s family. Jack ended up in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, but cleaned up his act and starred in his own show, Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie, which saw him attempting extreme sports around the world.
He also directed and produced a documentary about his father, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last year.
As crazy as the Osbournes are, Jack’s getting plenty of support from his family. His famous sister Kelly, a singer and fashion critic, took to Twitter and posted: "Please support my brother @mrjacko in not only his bravery but honesty! i love you so much jack & I'm so proud of you!"
Meanwhile, his mum and America’s Got Talent judge Sharon told Hello! magazine that she blamed herself for her son’s condition. "I keep thinking, what did I do wrong? What did I eat or drink when I was pregnant? I feel like it's somehow my fault," she said.
Published: 19th June 2012