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Marie Opens Up To Oprah About The Loss Of Her Son

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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.

She explains:

"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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28 comments to “Marie Opens Up To Oprah About The Loss Of Her Son”

  1. 1

    i feel like deja-vu, haven't you already posted this exact story?

  2. 2

    I sat next to Marie on a plane from Vegas a few years ago. She was the kindest, most generous, down-to-earth celeb I've ever met. This breaks my heart.

  3. SF90 says – reply to this


    "You just have to try and be a little braver" Braver?! If you haven't suffered from depression and suicide thoughts, you shouldn't comment on what they should do.

  4. 4

    I'm so tired of people feeling bad for her. What about how she turned her back on her son because he was gay? She thought therapy would change him. Tell the real story!!!

  5. 5

    What about how Mormans hate gays, bet she still defends her beliefs. how sad…..

  6. 6

    My Mom committed suicide in 1987, one month before my 16th birthday. It never gets easier to deal with it. I just hope I never venture down her path because the pain it left behind to the living has been long-living. I hope Marie survives this pain. I saw her & Donnie in concert when I was very young… I have a lot of admiration for her.


  7. 7

    The pain of losing her son will not begin subside, until she is woman enough to admit why her son died. She needs to accept the fact that her inability to accept her son's homosexuality is the cause. I personally know what it feels like to think your own mother would not love you because you are different. Luckily for me my mother became my main support system, and this was over 35 years ago. Had this not been the case, I cannot say I would still be living life on this earth today.

  8. 8

    What about all the brain-frying meds her Mormon Psycho-Wackos forced down the kid's throat since he was a kid (all adopted kids are MENTALLY ILL FOR LIFE); the Gay-To-Straight Mormon Church sponsored sexual orientation transformation center?

  9. 9

    This is an ad for Okra Panfry's show tomorrow.

  10. 10

    "It brought back when I went through depression because you really feel so alone."

    Of course, her son killing himself made Marie think about herself! That's all she every thinks about!

  11. 11

    She is just getting it off her chest. Time to heal. And yes I feel sad for the whole family.

  12. 12

    Re: mgreekchickie

    im so sorry *hugs 10 times over*

  13. 13

    I live her so much more for sharing her story! I had a friend who took her own life and I lived in the "what-ifs" for a long time! but i have finally came to the realization that I cant live like that because it is just like Marie said, it is like you stop living!

  14. 14

    "Commend her for her bravery" ??? Why is everyone these days 'brave' and a 'hero' ??? Fact is this woman will do ANYTHING for limelight. When watching her interview all I could think about was getting a chisel and hacking some of that make-up off her face. I'm sorry, but we all deal with death and tragedy in this life - being a celebrity doesn't mean she's any better than the rest of us.

  15. 15

    If Marie was my mother I would have jumped from the tallest steeple of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Temple many years earlier…

  16. 16

    She killed her own kid, right along with the Mormon church. Have you read about Mormonism? Talk about a bunch of bizarre crap! And THEY don't accept gays.
    I feel awful for her son to have to be subjected to the nightmare I'm sure he went through before he decided to take his own life. But there is NOTHING brave about this woman. Bravery would have come when she would have stood up for the rights of her son, and he'd still be here today. Bravery would come if she stood up to the Mormon church and denounced their treatment of gays. This was not bravery. This is just more limelight on that hacked up trannie face of hers.

  17. 17

    This bitch is still NOT saying or admitting her son was gay. SAD.

  18. 18

    First of all, for all those passing judgement on Marie, you all are no better than the Mormon church. None of us know what went on leading up to her son's suicide. She lost her son, which is the worst thing that can ever happen to a mother. Unless you have gone through the exact same thing, you have no business telling Marie how to deal with this horrible situation. Also, MUST she say her son is gay? Is it a fact that he was gay? Again, none of us were there, so none of us know. Let's give her the benefit of the doubt and say he was gay. Let's also say she went on Oprah to bring light to a sickening situation in this country. We have had a rash of teens killing themselves due to bullying, and most of those who died were gay. She is trying to help those who need help, gay or not. I have the utmost respect for anyone who tries to help others. I don't care what religion she is, she is doing what Jesus would want us to do and try to help others. Maybe she saved someone's life by going on Oprah. One thing is for sure, she will live the rest of her life mourning the loss of her son. In the meantime, just back off with the criticisms. Until you have gone through what she has gone through, those criticisms are unjustified.

  19. 19

    I'm proud of her for sharing such a difficult thing.

  20. 20

    The kid was gay and he was shunned by the Mormon church and most of his family. If she doesn't talk about that in context then what is she doing?

  21. 21

    These celebrities ONLY go on Okra Panfry's show if they are peddling something; figures Marie would turn her son's death into a way to con people out of money. PATHETIC!

  22. 22

    Seriously shame on you people for you negativity! Have you lost someone to sucidide? You have NO IDEA until you have gone through such a horrific experience i wouldnt wish anyone to have to go through that. I lost my brother in law/one of my best friends! He WAS NOT gay. First of all, all kinds of people committ suicide… not just gay people. That was her child and it doesnt matter what there history or relationship was SHE WILL NEVER be the same and NO ONE will understand how she feels and i do commend her for coming out and speaking about suicide. Suicide is something that the people left behind HIDE from and feel ashamed but depression is a sickness and we should be able to talk about it and not BLAME, trust me she's doing enough of that on her own whether she admits it or not. Do not attack her, suppport her because her son wouldnt want you attacking her.

  23. 23

    This is totaly BS, how about how she abandoned him because he was gay? He was made to feel ashamed by his own family about his sexuality. His mother DROVE him to this! And now she's the victim? Come on dude, seriously?

  24. 24

    Re: mgreekchickie

    Sad! Sending you a hug!!!

  25. 25

    It's never been stated that Michael was gay. Marie's DAUGHTER is gay and supposedly she accepts her as is. People are simply assuming that Michael was gay. You don't have to be a gay Mormon to be suicidal. I'm no fan of Mormons but I don't think anyone has the correct story with this. What I'D like to know more about is Marie's ex husband Brian. What did HE do to his wife and kids to make Michael want to drop Brian's (his own father) last name?? I think some secrets lie with the father. I didn't know any of this till recently.

  26. 26

    I am so sorry for her loss but when she was on Oprah all I could think about is those big meat curtains on her face. I mean she is too pretty to get those bad lip injections. And when they get those injections have you ever notice that they always lick thier lips. I guess it's from that gross foriegn object in thier lips!

  27. 27

    her daughter is gay…openly… shut up skeptics

  28. 28

    Re: ParisIsBurning – she did… do your research