So unbelievably tragic. Our heart truly breaks for her.
In the wake of so many horiffic suicides happening to youth around the country, Marie Osmond was brave enough to open up about to Oprah about the loss of her son, Michael, earlier in the year, and is heartwrenchingly honest about the toll it's taken her.
The singer reveals that the last time she spoke to him before he took his own life, her son told her that he had no friends.
"It brought back when I went through depression because you really feel so alone. I'm not a depressed person, but I understand that place, that darkness. I told him, I said, 'Mike, I'm gonna be there Monday and it's gonna be okay.' But depression doesn't wait till Monday. I've been through some tough things, but his death is probably the hardest thing I've been through. I think there's always 'what ifs.' What if I had just put him on a plane and said come be with me, or gone there? I think if you live in 'what ifs,' you stop living. It was really hard [to return to her Vegas stage show a day after his funeral]. It was a calculated decision. I'm unique, I guess. I'm a female in the entertainment business who has been working 48 years consistently. My stage is my safe place. It doesn't scare me, like I guess it scares some people. And I knew that if I didn't get back on stage that I may never get back on stage."
Wow. Just unbelievable.
We cannot commend her enough for her bravery. This cannot be easy stuff to discuss openly, let alone to the world.
But hopefully sharing her story can help prevent a similar tragedy from happening to someone else.
When you're that depressed, we understand how hard it is to realize this, but you're never alone. You just have to try and be a little braver, and reach out to anyone whom you think could listen!
Our thoughts are with Marie and her family while they continue to struggle with the loss of Michael.
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