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"People Were So Cruel": Marie Osmond Admits She Was Shamed For Going To Work A Week After Her Son's Funeral

Date September 10, 2019 16:13

Marie Osmond has always dreamed of having a large family and her dream has come into reality. She has become the mother of eight children, five of whom are adopted.

In 2010, her fourth child Michael committed suicide at age 18 by jumping from the eighth floor of his apartment building in CA. He reportedly suffered from depression and drug addiction, which happened to be stronger than his desire to live.

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Though Marie Osmond was deeply distressed and couldn't wrap up her head around it, she was back to work just a week after the son's funeral. The American singer revealed she was shamed by fans for such an act.

The TV personality told The Talk’s season 10 premiere on September 9 that she had experienced painful experiences with shaming culture.

I’ve been shamed before. When my son died, I chose to go to work a week after his funeral and the people were so cruel, because of me choosing to show my children they had to keep living.

Osmond added that such a harsh backlash hurt her children "more than anything." She also stated that people could say anything they want about her but when criticism goes for a family, it's beyond any limits.

"People Were So Cruel": Marie Osmond Admits She Was Shamed For Going To Work A Week After Her Son's Funeral"People Were So Cruel": Marie Osmond Admits She Was Shamed For Going To Work A Week After Her Son's FuneralGetty Images / Ideal Image

The A-lister addressed the tragedy in her book The Key Is Love (2013), in which she said that Michael's death was "the hardest thing" she's been through.

She wrote that the moment she learned he’d passed away felt like "someone had run a knife into my heart."

Marie Osmond revealed nearly 10 years later that her son's suicide left a "ripple effect" on the family. She told CBS Sunday Morning:

You know, I don’t think you’re ever through it. I think God gives you respites, and then all of a sudden it’ll hit you like the day it did. The ripple effect is so huge, what you leave behind.

Losing a child is impossible to fathom. The pain over losing a loved one never gets lesser, it only grows bigger inside you.