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Kelly Osbourne was 'broken and scared' after backlash over Latino comments

Kelly Osbourne has opened up about the backlash over her 2015 comments about Latinos credit:Bang Showbiz
Kelly Osbourne has opened up about the backlash over her 2015 comments about Latinos credit:Bang Showbiz

Kelly Osbourne was left feeling 'broken and scared' after suffering a ferocious backlash over controversial comments she made about Latinos.

'The Osbournes' star came under fire back in 2015 following an appearance on TV talk show 'The View' during which she questioned former US president Donald Trump's immigration policies by asking: "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?"

Kelly went on to add: "I didn’t mean it like that. Come on! I would never mean it like that! I’m not part of this argument."

She has now revealed she was going through hell in her personal life at the time and the backlash forced her to take a 'a long, hard look' at herself.

Kelly told Rolling Stone: "I was a really broken, scared person. After that event, it kind of kickstarted me taking a long, hard look at myself ...

"During that time, my dad [Ozzy Osbourne] had just cheated on my mother [Sharon Osbourne]. I was drinking to numb the pain of everything. I was a trash can when it came to drugs, whatever I could get my hands on.

“Nobody wants to hear from a white person about race. No one. They don’t. I learned that the hard way.

"Like I said, it is time for us to accept the change that’s happening and embrace it and support it rather than being scared and feeling like someone’s taking something away from you. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but like I said, it’s time to sit down and shut up."

Kelly issued an apology after the incident, but insisted she was't racist, writing in a post on Facebook: “I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologise for being a racist as I am NOT. I whole-hearted [messed] up today. I don’t want to bullshit anyone with lame excuses."

In her interview with Rolling Stone, she added that it was the " worst thing I’ve ever done" and it "hurt a lot of people".

Kelly went on to say: "I feel very strongly that Latin American culture is the backbone of America,” she said. “I believe that Latin Americans are the hardest-working people you will ever meet ...

"Everybody needs to take a long, hard look at themselves. Not everybody. That’s wrong. White people need to take a long hard look, check their privilege, and be a little bit more open-minded. A lot more open-minded."