Sharon Osbourne has penned an explosive response to Lady Gaga after the singer criticized Osbourne’s daughter Kelly in an open letter.
“I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly” the Osbourne family matriarch writes. Sharon continues, “Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?” The back and forth of bad blood between Gaga and the Osbournes began in late 2012, when Kelly Osbourne–who is a fashion correspondent for E! and co-anchor of Joan Rivers’s Fashion Police–made a few comments about Gaga’s weight gain.
“I think she is pregnant because she has been covering up this part of her body recently and I have been noticing that a lot,” Kelly suggested at a London Fashion week event, referring to a photo of the singer wearing a burka.
Lady Gaga’s throngs of devoted fans soon attacked Kelly for the comment, even mounting death threats. Mama Sharon decided to take action, penning a letter to Lady Gaga’s manager, Vince Hebert.
In her letter, Sharon writes ‘Vince, I’m leaving it in your hands to do the right thing here. One tweet from Gaga can change this whole situation. I’m not asking her to deal with this directly but she if she could tweet something to her fans about being more respectful that may end this. I’m sure she doesn’t condone her fans saying such hideously offensive things,” she writes, adding “I thought that Gaga was a main campaigner against bullying.”
In the response posted on her website, Gaga denounces Kelly for not reaching out herself. Gaga declares Kelly has “chosen a less compassionate path” through her work on Fashion Police, a program “rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another.”
Gaga calls Kelly out for commenting on the weight gain of others when she used to be heavier herself, writing “To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding. Why not help others? Why not defend others who are bullied for their image and share your story?”
Sharon was not too pleased with Gaga’s response, furious at the singer for taking the conversation public rather than contacting Kelly directly.
Sharon writes: “By your actions to Kelly right now, you have shown me that you are nothing more than a publicly seeking hypocrite and an attention seeker. You know it would have been much more dignified of you to do this privately. I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly in your open letter. Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?’ Let me know if you want to continue this debate. I’m an open playing field for you my darling. Sincerely, Sharon Osbourne.”
As of yet, Gaga has not responded.