Sharon Osbourne Blames Herself for Son Jack's MS Diagnosis: 'I Feel Like It’s Somehow My Fault'
Hours earlier, Britain's Hello! magazine published the first interview with the 26-year-old, who revealed that his first response to the heartbreaking news was, “Why now?” -- considering it came three weeks after the arrival of his baby daughter, Pearl Clementine.
“The timing was so bad,” Jack says. “I’d just had a baby, work was going great…I was thinking, ‘Why now?’”
He isn’t the only one with questions. His mother, America’s Got Talent judge and The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne, reveals that she even blamed herself for the diagnosis.
“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,” the 59-year-old tells Hello!
“He’s my baby, my youngest… I just want to take it away from him.”
Her husband, rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, also wrestled with the news. “The diagnosis got me angry, because of all the people I know, and not just because he’s my son, Jack doesn’t deserve it. If it was me, you’d think, ‘Ozzy had a reputation and it caught up with him,’ but Jack doesn’t deserve it. He’s such a good guy.”
In the Hello! interview, Jack reveals that he saw warning signs of MS -- an unpredictable, autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system -- while filming the TV show, Paranormal Activity.
“I had to do some scuba diving at night in a cold lake,” he says. “When I came out, I had a headache…The next day, the vision in my right eye started to go in and out of focus.”
The situation quickly worsened: By the next day, Jack had “a big blind spot” in the middle of his eye. He visited an eye doctor, who swiftly sent him to Cedars Sinai Hospital. Eventually, an MRI delivered the dire news.
Still, there are glimmers of hope: “There are four different kinds [of MS] and the one I have is relapsing and the most common, but least aggressive,” Jack says.
He also has his fiancé Lisa Stelly on his side; the two are planning to wed later this year.
“She’s been super supportive,” Jack says. She takes the view, “It’s only there if you acknowledge it.’ She’s being very positive.”
She is, indeed, adding Lisa: “Jack will have to change his life for the better – get healthier, not get stressed – so I feel like this could almost be a blessing in disguise. I feel like the MS will affect his life minimally, but change it drastically for the better.”
Ozzy, too, believes that his son will overcome his obstacles – and prosper. “He’s looking at at it as just one hurdle in his life,” Ozzy says. “Jack is everything I ever wanted to be in a man. He’s my hero.”