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Jack Osbourne's multiple sclerosis diagnosis has been tough on his whole family, and sister Kelly Osbourne may be taking it harder than she's admitted. On June 19, the Fashion Police host reportedly suffered an emotional breakdown after having one too many drinks on a plane.
According to Star magazine/Radar Online, Kelly, 27, downed four or five alcoholic drinks while traveling from Los Angeles to Atlanta. By the end of the flight, she appeared to have become unraveled.
"Kelly's hair was hanging down, she was mumbling and her makeup was a mess," a witness told Star. "The [security] guard and her assistant supported her under each arm and basically carried her down the corridor to the airport tram, with Kelly swaying from side to side. I felt so sorry for her."
The TV personality's Twitter feed seems to align with the story. Before boarding the plane to Atlanta, she wrote that she was nervous ("I hate flying on old plans it makes it even more scary!") but tweeted a picture of herself looking cool and collected at the beginning of the flight. The next day, however, she confessed that all was not well.
"Had a nerves breakdown yesterday that was cool! #Not," Osbourne tweeted. "Being alone in my own head = danger."
Kelly didn't specifically mention alcohol in her Twitter updates, but she has struggled with drinking and drug problems since she was a teenager.
"I can't honestly say I've ever been clean," said Kelly in 2009, following her third stint in rehab. "I'm getting a second chance, and I want to be present for it."
Despite her history of alcohol abuse, Kelly has never claimed to be completely sober. Earlier this year, she denied reports that she'd been getting wasted in public. ("If I want to have a drink then Im going to have a drink Im 27 years old!" she wrote. "Was their story true? NO! is it anyones business NO?)
This past month has been an especially tough one for Kelly and her family. In May, Jack, 26, was diagnosed with MS, just two weeks after his baby daughter Pearl Clementine was born. Sharon Osbourne broke down on The Talk last week, after her son made his diagnosis public. As for Jack, he's kept up a brave face despite the frightening side effects, including partial blindness.
Since tweeting about her breakdown, Kelly seems to be working through it. On Wednesday, she tweeted Bob Marley lyrics -- "Conquer the devils with a little thing called love!" -- and sure enough, she seems to be spending lots of quality time with her brother and baby niece.
"I have never loved a baby more! Pearl is the my family's miracle!" she wrote on Saturday, posting this amazing picture.
"[Kelly is] tough as nails, and she always lands on her feet," a friend tells Star. "She's had so much to deal with at a young age, and she's tried to handle it the best she can. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the sudden sad news about Jack helped push her into a dark place again. But she'll come through it OK.”