Thelma Riley, now the ex-wife of Ozzy Osbourne, became popular after she got married to the musician who was part of the famous band The Black Sabbath. However, in the subsequent years that followed, Thelma and Ozzy’s marriage faced a lot of challenges as a result of the musician’s drug abuse problems and alcoholism which became unbearable with each passing day in their 10 years of marriage.
It is also worth knowing that Thelma and her notorious husband had 3 children together during the time they were married but unfortunately, Ozzy did not shoulder his responsibilities of fatherhood.
Do you want to know more about this celebrity wife’s bio and personal profile? Read on for all the facts!
Bio: Personal Profile Of Thelma Riley
As mentioned earlier, Thelma Riley was not a celebrity until she became the romantic partner of Ozzy Osbourne. From all indications, Thelma has been very secretive with her background information as no source has details of her parents, early childhood or her education details.
However, it is known that Thelma Riley had a love affair long before she came to know Osbourne and it produced a son. This was way back in the 1960s and her former partner’s name is Elliot Kingsley who happens to be the father of Elliot Kingsley – her first child.
How Thelma And Ozzy Osbourne’s Love Affair Began
Thelma Riley got to know Ozzy Osbourne in the early 1970s at a night club named Rum Runner somewhere in the city of Birmingham. This was just at the kick-off of Osbourne’s music career. Thelma Riley was a staff at the night club at that period and they became fond of each other after meeting. In a short while, wedding bells were ringing as the lovebirds tied the nuptial knot in 1971.
However, their relationship went through tough times because of Osbourne’s drug abuse issues and his cheating habit, even his kids attested to the fact that he didn’t do well as a father figure. Moreso, Osbourne admitted to all the accusations in a short clip where he revealed that he didn’t even know his children’s birthdays. After a challenging marriage which lasted close to 10 years, they had to go their separate ways in 1982.
After Thelma Riley and Ozzy Osbourne’s split, he went on to marry Sharon Arden, the daughter of his previous manager, the same year. Their marriage had a good turn with regards to his character and personal life as it led to Ozzy getting cleaned up from alcoholism and drug abuse and he gained normalcy in 2013.
Thelma Riley, on the other hand, relegated to the background, off the public scene and back to a serene lifestyle as an educator in a school at Leicestershire, England.
A Quick Peek Into Ozzy Osbourne’s Life
Thelma Riley’s ex-husband’s birth name is John Michael and his birthplace was Birmingham, England, which was also where his parents raised him. During his early years, he had a flair for music and according to him, the song, ‘She Loves You’ which was a release by The Beatles in the early 1960s, triggered his interest to pursue a career as a musician.
Osbourne’s career kicked off from a little group that started in the close of the 1960s which comprised of 4 people – Geezer Butler, Tony Lummi, Ozzy Osbourne, and Bill Ward. The four made up the group which they called the Polka Tulk Blues Band. Over time, the name of the four-man band was changed to Earth and eventually to Black Sabbath. In 1970, Black Sabbath released their own album and this was the onset of a series of albums that emanated from the team.
However, Ozzy was expelled from the group in 1979 as a result of his substance abuse problem which had gone out of hand – as it was wreaking havoc not only on his career but on Thelma Riley and the kids. His departure from the group made him pursue a solo career which turned out to be very successful. Eventually, he came back to reunite with his bandmates and was with them until 2017.
There is no doubt that Ozzy Osbourne is definitely a handful to deal with as his life has a series of upheavals which plagued him even after his separation from Thelma Riley and though he has come out to say he has changed for the good, we can only hope the change is permanent.