Who is Thelma Riley?
Thelma was born in Hertfordshire, England on 17 May – the year of her birth remains undisclosed, her zodiac sign is Taurus, and she holds British nationality. She’s a high school teacher, while she’s probably only known to the public for having been the first wife of Ozzy Osbourne, a famous British singer-songwriter and TV personality.
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Early life and education
Thelma was raised in Hertfordshire by her British parents, however, not a lot is known about them, as she respects their privacy; it’s said that her father was a truck driver, and that her mother was an elementary school teacher. Thelma is widely believed to be an only child, as she hasn’t spoken of having any siblings.
She dreamed of becoming a famous model while attending a local high school, which was perhaps why she was physically highly active, believing that playing sports would help shape her figure, and prepare her for when it’s time to launch her modelling career. Thelma excelled in volleyball, while she also enjoyed running track, playing soccer with her peers, and she appeared in several school plays.
She matriculated sometime in the second half of the ‘60s, and although she hasn’t spoken of her further education, it’s believed that she attended college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree four years later.
Thelma didn’t work while she was married to Ozzy, spending most of her time with him partying in clubs around England.
After the two divorced, she became a high school teacher, and chose to stay away from the media’s attention; it’s believed that she’s today retired, although this hasn’t been confirmed.
Love life and marriage with Ozzy Osbourne
Thelma was in a relationship with a non-celebrity British man in the mid-‘60s, and gave birth to their son Eliot Kingsley in 1966.
She met Ozzy at the nightclub Rum Runner in Birmingham in 1971, and they married in the same year; she gave birth to their daughter Jessica on 20 January 1972, and son Louis in 1975, while Ozzy also legally adopted her son Elliot. Ozzy would later state that marrying Thelma was a ‘terrible mistake’, as he was addicted to both alcohol and drugs during those years, and spent most of his time touring with the band Black Sabbath; his and Thelma’s children have described him as a bad father. He cheated on Thelma many times during their marriage, and they divorced in 1982.
Thelma hasn’t mentioned any men (or women) whom she’s perhaps been with since her and Ozzy’s divorce, while it’s widely known that he and his manager Sharon Arden exchanged vows on 4 July 1982, in a small ceremony attended by only a couple of their closest friends.
Sharon gave birth to their daughter Aimee Rachel on 2 September 1983, daughter Kelly Michelle Lee on 27 October 1984, and son Jack Joseph on 8 November 1985.
As of May 2022, Thelma seems to be single, was once married to Ozzy Osbourne, and has three children, two of whom are with Ozzy.
Hobbies and other interests
Thelma was physically highly active during her 20s and 30s, as she had three to four training sessions at the gym every week, while she also enjoyed running and playing a couple of sports with her friends; she’s no longer physically active.
She’s passionate about travelling, and visited various European countries during the 11 years that she spent married to Ozzy; the two had also travelled to a couple of US states and Asian countries together, while Thelma’s dream travel destination today is Hawaii.
She’s a philanthropist, and has volunteered with a couple of charity organizations, mostly contributing to those working with underprivileged children.
Thelma’s a fan of both American and British movies, and her favorite actors and actresses are Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Tilda Swinton, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Doctor Strange”, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, and “Les Miserables”.
Age, height and net worth
Thelma’s believed to be in her 70s. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 6ins (1.65m), and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of May 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $100,000, while her former husband Ozzy’s net worth stands at more than $220 million.
Who is her former husband Ozzy?
John Michael ‘Ozzy’ Osbourne was born in Marston Green, Warwickshire, England, on 3 December 1948 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and he holds British nationality. He gained recognition when he became the heavy metal band Black Sabbath’s lead vocalist, then launched his solo career after having been fired by the group in 1979, because of his alcohol and drug abuse.
He was raised in Aston, Birmingham alongside his three sisters and two brothers, by their mother Lilian who was a factory worker and passed away in 2001 aged 85, and their father Thomas ‘Jack’ Osbourne who was a toolmaker – he passed away aged 62 in 1977. Ozzy was 11 when he was sexually abused by his peers, and has stated that he tried to commit suicide multiple times during his teenage years.
He was 15 when he dropped out of high school and worked various jobs to financially support himself, including being an apprentice toolmaker, construction site labourer, and slaughterhouse worker. Ozzy spent 40 days in Winson Green Prison when he was 17, after having broken into a clothes store.
He had appeared in a couple of plays performed at his high school, including “HMS Pinafore” and “The Mikado”, and after becoming a huge fan of the British band The Beatles, Ozzy decided that he would one day become a musician.
He became a member of the band Polka Tulk Blues in 1968, renamed to Earth a year later, and then to Black Sabbath in August 1969. Their second studio album, “Paranoid” was released in September 1970 and became a huge hit, while their third album “Master of Reality” followed half a year later; it topped the charts in both the USA and the UK, and was certified platinum in the ‘80s, having sold over a million copies.
Their following album “Vol. 4” came out in 1972, and was followed by “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” in 1973, “Sabotage” in 1975 and “Technical Ecstasy” in 1976.
After he was fired from Black Sabbath, Ozzy was replaced by the late British heavy metal singer Ronald James Padavona. Ozzy turned to his solo career, signed a contract with Jet Records, and with his newly formed band Blizzard of Ozz released the eponymous album in September 1980. Ozzy’s second album “Diary of a Madman” came out in 1981, while a couple of his following albums were “Speak of the Devil” in 1982, “The Ultimate Sin” in 1986, and “Live &Loud” released in 1993.
With the help of his wife and their son Jack, Ozzy organized the annual music festival tour Ozzfest, held for the first time in Devore, California on 25 October 1996.
He released his eighth album “Down to Earth” on 16 October 2001, followed by “Under Cover” in 2005, and has since released three albums, with his most recent, “Ordinary Man” having been released on 21 February 2020.
Ozzy has won numerous awards and accolades for his career as a musician; he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and into the US Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in the following year. He has been honored with stars on both the Birmingham Walk of Stars and Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ozzy revealed in January 2020 that he’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a year earlier.