Thelma Riley and her ex-husband, Ozzy Osbourne Source: Blogspot

What You Need to Know about Ozzy Osbourne’s First Wife, Thelma Riley!


Professionally, Thelma Riley is an English teacher but she is famous for being the ex-wife of singer and songwriter, Ozzy Osbourne.

After her divorce from Ozzy, she is working as a teacher in Leicestershire, England where she goes by the name Thelma Mayfair.

Let’s get to know more about her!

First Wife of Ozzy Osbourne

Thelma Riley is the first wife of singer, Ozzy Osbourne. The former couple shared their wedding vows in 1971 in a secretive ceremony after a few months of dating. Around the time of their marriage, her husband had a great musical career with his band, Black Sabbath.

Thelma Riley  and Ozzy Osbourne during their wedding.
Thelma Riley and her ex-husband, Ozzy Osbourne.
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They first met at a nightclub, Rum Runner in Birmingham, England. While talking about his marriage with Thelma in his autobiography, I Am Ozzy, he wrote,

Shortly after I became successful with Black Sabbath, I met Thelma in a nightclub. Then we got married and we had two children, Jessica and Louis. We bought a house for 20,000 pounds, I thought, ‘I have arrived.’

Ozzy talks about his wife on his autobiography.

Together they shared two kids: Jessica and Louis Osbourne. Their daughter, Jessica is a famous actress and comedian known for her role in the film, Sin Temer la Noche 2011, Romeo & Juliet vs. the Living Dead, and Yellowville, among others. As for Louis, he is now a DJ.

Thelma Riley with her kids and ex-husband, Ozzy Osbourne.
Thelma Riley with her kids and ex-husband, Ozzy Osbourne.
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Riley had a son named Elliot Kingsley before her marriage with Osbourne. Her partner adopted him at the age of five after their marriage. Elliot and Ozzy made a few cameo appearances in the first season of The Osbournes.

Thelma and Ozzy called it quits after 11 years of marriage. Why?

Why did Thelma and Ozzy Divorce?

Ozzy Osbourne and Thelma Riley seemed to be happy as a married couple but it wasn’t the truth. As a matter of fact, Ozzy, on multiple occasions, called his marriage a terrible mistake. He even stated that his marriage was his life’s worst decision and referred to his marriage as a giant mirage.

Thelma decided to separate and filed for a divorce. Their divorce was finalized on July 4, 1982. Years later, Ozzy revealed on his book the real reason for his divorce; addiction to alcohol and drugs.

And if I loved Thelma, I certainly didn’t treat her like I did. If I’ve got any regrets about my life that’s one of them … She didn’t deserve it: she wasn’t a bad person, and she wasn’t a bad wife.

Ozzy reveals the cause of his divorce with his first wife, Thelma on his autobiography.


After their divorce, Thelma Riley stayed away from the limelight leading a normal life. She went on to become a teacher in Leicestershire, England.

Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne's wedding day.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne married the same year he divorced his first wife. Source: Instagram

On the other hand, her former husband got married to British-American television personality, Sharon Osbourne the same year of their divorce. The pair shares three kids: Aimee Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, and Jack Osbourne. All of his kids are established actors and singers.

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