Aimee Osbourne, easily the most reclusive, private member of the First Family of heavy metal, is embarking on her own solo music career — under the name ARO, her initials — so she’s finally opening up to the press. But while she’s willing to discuss her work, she’s always been (understandably) quiet when it came to her family. When they were a hit on MTV’s The Osbournes, Aimee opted to stay out of the limelight and off-camera. And she says the experience caused a rift in her relationship with her siblings, Kelly and Jack, who pursued very public careers when the show ended.
In a new interview with The Independent, Osbourne says she barely speaks to them.
“I wouldn’t say there is an ease between us,” she offers, “but there is an acceptance. Do we socialise? No.”
She is, however, close to her parents, though she still disagrees with being in such a bright spotlight. She said as much when she opened up about why she chose not to be on her family’s reality show, which caused her to move out of her family’s house prematurely:
“Back then, I still felt I was trying to figure out who I was in the chaos of family life, so why on earth would I want that portrayed on television?” Aimee says now. “I wanted to protect myself, my parents, my siblings, too. They were very young, very impressionable.”
Family discussions ensued (“more shouting matches, really”), but the vote went four against one. “It didn’t matter what I thought, ultimately. This was their path, their decision, and they were of course at liberty to take the opportunity. Which they did.”
As for her music, Osbourne is not currently signed to a label, but she has released a single — a very Lana Del Rey-meets-Mazzy Star-ish tune — and video for “Raining Gold,” and performed at the Mercury Lounge earlier this year. She’s being picky about retaining complete creative control because as an Osbourne, she says she has always “had to battle for [her] identity.”
In the spirit of zombie season, here is “Raining Gold”:
(via The Independent)