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Marie Osmond’s emotional Oprah interview about son’s suicide and sexuality


Michael, 18, committed suicide eight months ago, but after watching Marie Osmond open up in an interview with Oprah about her adopted son, it was clear that she was still struggling to come to terms with his death.

Michael’s battle with drugs started when he was only 12 and he had several stints in rehab. But, Marie said: “My son was clean when he jumped. There were no drugs in his system but I believe the ramifications were there.“

Michael also suffered from depression and he previously tried to end his life while on Dancing With the Stars. “He promised he would never do anything like that again and I believed him,” she said. “Whatever the reality was, I do believe that there are moments when you slip into insanity and you no longer think rationally. I belive that’s what happened.”

Marie said her son told her the day before his death, when he jumped from the eighth floor of his apartment building, that he was feeling lonely and full of despair – feelings which reminded her of when she suffered postpartum depression.

During her talk with Oprah, the actress and singer also broached the rumor about her son being gay. “Well, it’s not that I wanted to clear it up as much as…my son was not gay. He wanted to be married and have a family and travel all over the world. And it wouldn’t matter if he was,” the 51 year old went on to say. “I have a daughter who’s gay, and it was my daughter who was offended” by the implication that all gay people commit suicide.

At the end of the interview a visibly distraught Marie took to the stage to sing an opera song in honor of Michael, at one point becoming so overwhelmed with emotion and tears that she had to stop for a moment before continuing with her “gift of love” for her late son.

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