Ozempic mania is running wild in Hollywood as celebrities turn to the drug to lose weight – but who has admitted to using it? We look at the drug’s side effects and all the famous faces speaking out

The hysteria around Ozempic is impossible to ignore – but why are so many celebrities obsessed with it?

The type 2 diabetes drug is used to help regulate blood sugar levels for people with the condition. But ever since the world caught wind of its weight loss side effects, social media has been ablaze with posts about the jab.

Studies have now shown a promising link between Ozempic and the reduction of cardiovascular problems like heart disease, and other experts have stated it could help ease Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome (PCOS) symptoms. But it’s not all roses as there are some troubling side effects to be wary of.

As it takes the Hollywood circuit by storm, many celebrities have spoken out about using it too. Below we take a deep dive into the weight loss drug and map out which famous faces have shared their thoughts on the drug.

What is Ozempic?

Dr Emma Cunningham, aesthetic doctor and founder of Dr Emma Clinics, explained that Ozempic “mimics” the action of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). She said: “They are primarily used to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes by stimulating insulin secretion, reducing glucagon secretion (a hormone that increases blood sugar), and slowing down gastric emptying, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.”

However she stated that there can be side effects such as nausea and added: “As with any medication, there are potential side effects associated with GLP-1 receptor agonists like Ozempic. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. In rare cases, more serious side effects such as pancreatitis or kidney problems may occur. It’s important to discuss the potential benefits and risks of using Ozempic with a healthcare professional before starting treatment.”

Now celebs have spoken out to address the rumours circulating about them taking the drug – so who has been using it?

Sharon and Kelly Osbourne

During her stint on Celebrity Big Brother, many viewers people were transfixed by Sharon Osbourne’s new look and questioned whether she was taking Ozempic or not. Her petite frame left viewers concerned over her health, but the star has now opened up about her weight loss.

During a chat with Piers Morgan on an episode of Piers Morgan Uncensored, Sharon revealed she had taken the medication and said: “You can’t stay on it forever. I lost 42 pounds now and it’s just enough.”. Admitting it didn’t all go to plan, the star added: “I didn’t want to go this thin. It just happened.” Sharon echoed these feelings as she told The Guardian that coming off Ozempic has allowed her to “finally be happy” with her appearance as she claimed she lost three stone in four months, calling it “too much”.

It appears her daughter Kelly Osbourne followed in her mums footsteps, but unlike Sharon, hailed it as “amazing” and she openly spoke about how she “supports” the Ozempic trend. While she’s never specifically admitted she taken it, Kelly bluntly told E! Online: “The people who hate on it the most are the people who are secretly doing it or p***d off that they can’t afford it. Unfortunately, right now it’s something that is very expensive but it eventually won’t be because it actually works.”

Kelly, 39, shared how she suffered with gestational diabetes while pregnant with her son and added: “There are a million ways to lose weight, why not do it through something that’s isn’t as boring as working out?”

Stephen Fry

Another star who has openly admitted to using the drug is broadcaster Stephen Fry. He opened up about his experiences in a chat with Ruthie Rogers on her River Café Table 4 podcast in March 2024. He called himself an “early adopter” and said: “I tried Ozempic years ago; I’m an early adopter of these things. I happened to be in America, and I’d read about it.

“I asked my doctor in America, my physician as they like to call them, and he said, ‘I think I can get you some.’ He tried me on it, and the first week or so, I was thinking, ‘This is astonishing. Not only do I not want to eat, I don’t want any alcohol of any kind. This is going to be brilliant.” However, he then revealed he started throwing up four to five times a day and decided to stop taking it.

Boy George

Boy George has also been open about using a “wonder drug” drug, as he candidly revealed his struggles with his weight in his memoir Karma, released earlier this year.

“I know I don’t enjoy being overweight and it’s something I really want to deal with. I have struggled with my weight most of my life and being under public and media scrutiny doesn’t help,” he wrote. The 62-year-old said he started out with Ozempic, and then moved to another drug called Mounjaro.

Mounjaro is only FDA-approved for type 2 diabetes, and the singer said: “I love food, and I can’t control my appetite, but I think I have finally got it under control. Well, I’m on Mounjaro. Isn’t everyone? Trust me, anyone who was fat last year and is not skinny is on the wonder drug.”

Jameela Jamil

On the other side of the weight loss jab train, actress and activist Jameela Jamil has shared her horror over people using it to lose weight. She claimed she “fears for everyone” in the next few years and is “deeply concerned”. She also slammed “fat phobia” which she said has people in a “chokehold”.

She took to Instagram to vernt about people using it without having diabetes and said: “I have said what I have said about the potential harm of people using the diabetes medication for weight loss only. I fear for everyone in the next few years. Rich people are buying this stuff off prescription for upwards of 1000 dollars.

“Actual diabetics are seeing shortages. It’s a now mainstream craze in Hollywood. HOPE this doesn’t end the same way we were told opioids were safe. There is little to no discussion of the side effects in any advertising online. I’m deeply concerned but I can’t change any of your minds because fat phobia has our generation in a chokehold.”

She then said she was “screaming into a void” as she watches people struggle and added: “It has become the exact uncontrollable wave I thought it would become, and I hope that I’m worried for no reason, and that my doctors who have been advising me on this stuff are wrong, and that in 2 years nobody is saying ‘F— she was right and she tried to warn us for 6 months.”

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