The Unusual Osbourne: Aimee forsakes the family business to find her own way

Along with drugs, dogs and dramatic screaming fits, they love Absolutely Fabulous in the Osbourne household. "My nickname is Saffy," admitted Aimee Osbourne in a rare interview. "Sometimes... I can't believe what mum says or does when she's being really dramatic. And then I think, 'No, she's definitely out of her mind'."

Aimee is not alone here. After the Brit Awards were broadcast live last Wednesday, Ofcom received 43 complaints about the language used by the hosts, Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne. Sharon swore at Vic Reeves, propositioned Chris Moyles on Kelly's behalf and even shocked Ozzy when she said Jonathan Rhys Meyers was "a man so gorgeous he needs a good licking, and ... I'm the woman to do it".

Among those watching through their fingers would have been Sharon and Ozzy's eldest offspring, Aimee, right. She did not appear with her family on the awards show, just as she did not appear on the series of The Osbournes or its spin-offs. "I'm not some weirdo depressed daughter that's afraid of the world and locks herself in her room all day; I just didn't choose to do the show," she told US television. "I want to be a singer, and I felt if I'd stayed with the Osbournes and done the whole thing I would have been typecast right away. [Mum] was hurt and we definitely had a tough time with disagreements. I'm more reserved and my private life is very important."

Aimee's plan for a career in music on the back of not appearing in a famous reality TV show did not work out as planned. The Italia Conti alumnus watched her younger sister, Kelly, hit the charts while she struggled to get started; but playing the tortoise to her sister's hare may reap rewards. She was praised in the 2003 MTV movie, Wuthering Heights. And, of her immediate family, she might be the only one with no regrets. Ozzy recently admitted that The Osbournes didn't bring the family good luck: "Since filming started, my wife has had cancer, my two kids became junkies, I went back to booze and smoking pot, and then I died twice in a bike accident."

Aimee is not the only reclusive Osbourne. She has half-siblings, Louis John and Jessica Starshine and a step-brother, Elliott. The family also adopted Robert Marcato. However, she's the only child of Ozzy to have both a poem written about her by a fan, and a ballad by her father devoted to her.

"Aimee", by Ozzy Osbourne, goes: "Please believe me/ I try/ Oh Aimee/ I know I've been unkind/ I guess I wasn't much of a friend/ Oh Aimee/ Let's leave it all behind/ Cause I'm gonna love you... 'Til the end."

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