Thelma Riley is the ex-wife of English singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. He is mostly known as the vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. As a member of the legendary band, he has sold millions of copies of successful albums like Blizzard of Ozz, Under Cover, and numerous others.
Apart from being recognized as the former celebrity wife, she is also a mother. Well, in this section, we are going to explore everything about her career, relationship, kids, & other untold facts about her.
Keep reading to know all the details.
Who Is Thelma Riley?
Thelma Riley, also known as Thelma Osbourne and Thelma Mayfair, is an English teacher by profession. But she is most recognized as the former wife of singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. She was born in England and holds British ethnicity.
Not much is known about her educational background, but since she pursues a career as a teacher, it is obvious that she has a decent educational background.
Thelma Riley Is The First Wife of Ozzy Osbourne
As we mentioned earlier, Thelma was married to singer Ozzy in the past. The duo married in 1971, in a private wedding ceremony. Her decision to marry her then-spouse Ozzy came after just a few months of dating. At the time, Ozzy had just joined Black Sabbath and was doing decently well in his career.
Riley and Osbourne met had met just a few months prior to their wedding at a nightclub Rum Runner in Birmingham, England. In his 2010 autobiography I Am Ozzy, Ozzy talked about his wedding to Thelma saying,
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.’
She Divorced Ozzy Owing To His Addiction
Though Thelma had a good start in her marriage with Osbourn, their relationship didn’t turn out to be successful. Just a few years into their wedding, their marriage started turning sour.
In fact, Ozzy has also on multiple occasions stated his marriage as a “terrible mistake.” On one occasion, he even said that he didn’t realize how he had taken the worst decision referring to his marriage with Thelma as a “giant mirage.”
Well, around 11 years after his marriage, Riley filed for a divorce which was finalized in 1982. Later, Ozzy admitted to the fact that his addiction to alcohol, & drugs were the reason behind the divorce.
In his 2010 book, he said,
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
Thelma Was A Mother Way before She Married Ozzy
While Thelma married Ozzy in 1971, she had become a mother to a son already in 1966. From her relationship with an unidentified man, she had given birth to a baby boy named Elliot Kingsley way earlier in 1966.
Well, after she married, Ozzy adopted Elliot, who was then a 5 years old kid. Unfortunately, she has kept most of the details about Elliot a secret.
Apart from Elliot, she has two other kids Louis Osbourne, & Jessica Starshine Osbourne, who was born from her relationship with Ozzy. While Jessica was born on January 20, 1972, in Grimsby, United Kingdom, Louis was born in 1975.
All her kids are grown up and are doing pretty good in their life. In fact, her daughter Jessica is a successful actress known for her works in movies like Romeo & Juliet vs. the Living Dead, Yellowville, Sin Temer la Noche 2011, and others as well.
The most interesting thing is that she raised all her kids as a single mother.
Where Is Thelma Riley In 2021?
Since her divorce from Ozzy, Thelma is leading a life away from the limelight. If sources are to be believed, she has chosen a teaching profession and is a teacher in Leicestershire, England, where she goes by the name Thelma Mayfair.
Besides, she is not on any social media platforms. And it looks like she is enjoying her life away from the media attention. Moreover, there are also no details on whether she married after her split or if she is dating a new man.
However, we hope, we will get to hear from the lady soon.