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Thursday, 4 April, 2002, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK
Ozzy Osbourne 'invited to White House'
Ozzy Osbourne with wife Sharon
Ozzy Osbourne is managed by wife Sharon
Wildman rocker Ozzy Osbourne has been invited to dinner at the White House by US president George W Bush, according to reports.

It follows the hugely successful launch of a new reality TV show following the UK singer and his family.

I thought I'd be on a wanted poster on the wall, not invited to his place to tea

Ozzy Osbourne
The Osbournes has become music channel MTV's biggest ever hit in the US, with more than three million viewers and President Bush is said to be a huge fan.

Osbourne said he was stunned to be invited, according to the Express newspaper.

He said: "I thought I'd be on a wanted poster on the wall, not invited to his place to tea."

Family values

The TV show follows the real-life family sagas of the former Black Sabbath frontman - previously better known for stage antics like biting the head off a bat than for being a family man.

Osbourne, 53, his wife and manager Sharon and their children Kelly, 17, and Jack, 16, have all been filmed going about their daily lives in their Beverly Hills home.

Osbourne's other daughter Aimee refused to take part in the programme, and even moved out of the family home while filming took place.

Osbourne suffered from drink and drug problems in the past
Osbourne suffered from drink and drug problems in the past
Viewers see Osbourne giving his children advice on sex, drink and drugs, arguing with neighbours who keep him awake at night by playing folk music too loud and having to seek advice from his son on how to use a new digital TV.

The singer, originally from Birmingham, made his name in heavy metal band Black Sabbath and earned a reputation as one of the wildest rock stars.

He has battled drink and drug addictions, been notorious for trashing cars and hotel rooms, bitten the head off a live dove in a meeting with record executives and spent time in jail after urinating on The Alamo.

He still releases solo albums and heads the popular annual Ozzfest rock festival.

Viewers will also see scenes such as the family moving home, and packing boxes with one marked "linens" and another marked "dead things".

The show will start on 25 May on MTV UK and Ireland.

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