Sharon Osbourne slams the UK after relocation from LA as she details childhood

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Sharon Osbourne opened up on her heritage and childhood (Image: Getty Images)
Sharon Osbourne opened up on her heritage and childhood (Image: Getty Images)

Sharon Osbourne slammed the UK for its "despicable" treatment of Irish people as she reflected on her childhood. The former X Factor judge has relocated to the UK after living in LA for over two decades.

Sharon spoke to late-night US talk show host Bill Maher about race relations and cancel culture, which led to her speaking out on her upbringing in Brixton, London.

“My mother was Irish through and through and she was Catholic,” the 70-year-old said as she hit out at those who fixate on historical wrongdoings on the Club Random podcast. “When people go, ‘My heritage, my legacy, this, that, the other,’ it’s like, yeah, what about the Jews, mate?"

Sharon was raised Jewish as her later father, Don Arden, born Harry Levy, was an Ashkenazi Jew. The former X Factor judge began dating Ozzy Osbourne, whose band Black Sabbath was managed by her dad until she took over.

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Sharon Osbourne slams the UK after relocation from LA as she details childhoodSharon's mother was Irish and her father Jewish (Getty Images for MTV)

The host, who also has Irish ancestry, told Sharon: “I don’t think people understand that my people, the Irish people, were subjugated by your people, the English. I think people think of Ireland because it’s right near England...

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“Maybe they know that the northern part of it, Northern Ireland, is actually part of the United Kingdom, but they think of them together for good reason. But the Gaelic people in Ireland did not speak English at all. So when the English conquered Ireland, they were conquering a country that was as different from England as many of the other countries they conquered in the world.”

Sharon replied: “People forget what happened to the Irish. But they [the English] stole their land. They tortured its people. The English treated the Irish despicably and it went on for years and years and years.”

The host described racism as the US's “biggest crime“ before warning about the dangers of fixating on the past.

“You have got to move on,” Sharon said. “At some point you have got to let it go. You have to. But that’s the thing about learning from history, because you have to know the history in order to change things. That’s why it’s important that people understand history.”

Last year Sharon and Ozzy revealed they were quitting Los Angeles for the UK after spending more than 20 years living in the US as Sharon previously said LA isn't “the heaven it used to be“.

“In the ’70s, if you loved music, this was the place to be. It’s not that hub anymore. It’s not exciting anymore. It hasn’t gone sideways, it’s gone down,“ she explained last year. “It’s not a fun place to live. It’s dangerous here. Every big city’s got crime, but I don’t feel safe here. Neither does Ozzy.“

Charlotte McIntyre

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