Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are rumoured to have ended their marriage after 31 years. Apparently, a union that has survived Ozzy's addiction to drugs and alcohol, and his profuse domestic violence, has buckled under the strain of Sharon gaining a public profile. The moral of the story seems to be that being beaten by your out-of-control husband shouldn't be tolerated in the first place, because it might be a sign that your partner doesn't have your best interests at heart. Who knew?
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's separation rumours are no surprise
Deborah Orr, an award-winning journalist and author, edited the Guardian's Weekend Magazine from 1993-98 and was a columnist for two decades at the Guardian and the Independent. She died, age 57, in October 2019