When I was young (really young!) in the late 1970’s, Marie Osmond, 53, seemed to have it all; fame, big piano teeth and perkiness without the aid of narcotics. Now for the first time Osmond breaks her toothy veneer and reveals why her son committed suicide and how she (a devoted Mormon) is dealing with her daughter’s homosexuality.
Osmond grew up in show business with her siblings and started making records and peeing in rest stop bathrooms since she could walk. With many years in show business Osmond has been very famous, and has had moments where she couldn’t sell out a 200 seat house. Through all the highs and lows of fame, Osmond thought she could handle anything thrown her way, she didn’t know it but she was about to go through something no mother should have to endure.
Osmond told Oprah Winfrey that her son had called her the night he killed himself, but she didn’t get the call because she was performing on stage, “This is probably the hardest thing that I've been through. I think there are always what-ifs. ... I think if you live in what-ifs, you stop living."
When Osmond’s daughter Jessica told her she was gay at 17, Osmond admits to crying, but unlike what some magazines are saying, Osmond has not shunned her daughter, “You know, I think each of us has the right to choose who makes that medical decision for us, I think everybody should have the right to share homes and finances with somebody that they care about. When it comes to marriage ... I think that civil rights need to be for all.”
|One Donny Osmond is enough, thank you.|
Marie Osmond is the most famous Mormon to say something positive about gay marriage and we salute her and hope her example helps other Mormon families treat their children and loved ones better; may the singing, dancing and acting triple threat entertain for years to come.
*Marie Osmond talks about this stuff and more in her entertaining new book; The Key is Love, available now.