The Osmonds Confirmed Very Sad Family News

The American family group that had their breakout success in the 70s have come forward sharing the most interesting and unfortunate facts of their lives. The band, which started as a quartet, and eventually became a quintet, have not had an easy and simple life. Keep reading to find out what they are up to now, as well as the events that made their lives surprising.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | The Osmonds, group portrait, London, 1973, L-R Wayne Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, Donny Osmond, Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | The Osmonds, group portrait, London, 1973, L-R Wayne Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, Donny Osmond, Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond.


THE OSMOND FAMILY: STARDOM AND DOOM

The Osmonds are no strangers to fame, and that is why we all recognize their shiny smiles, wide bright eyes, and their rememberable enthusiasm. The family band that easily made its way into American families’ hearts seemed to have everything going their way.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | The Osmonds (L-R) Merril, Jimmy, Donny, Alan, Marie, Jay and Wayne pose for a photograph at a photocall promoting their number one DVD and 50th Anniversary Concert in Las Vegas at the Millenium Hotel on May 29, 2008 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | The Osmonds (L-R) Merril, Jimmy, Donny, Alan, Marie, Jay and Wayne pose for a photograph at a photocall promoting their number one DVD and 50th Anniversary Concert in Las Vegas at the Millenium Hotel on May 29, 2008 in London, England.

However, as it is often common in Hollywood, not everything was rainbows and sunshine in Osmonds’ daily life. Having such a famous career at such a young age came with its pressure, tension, and drama, but how did they all handle the ups and downs of their career? Keep reading to find out the most hidden facts of the family.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Group portrait of American family vocal group The Osmonds posed with friends in 1973. Group members are, from left to right, Merrill Osmond, unknown woman, Donny Osmond, Alan Osmond, Marie Osmond, unknown woman, Jimmy Osmond (bottom) Wayne Osmond and unknown man.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Group portrait of American family vocal group The Osmonds posed with friends in 1973. Group members are, from left to right, Merrill Osmond, unknown woman, Donny Osmond, Alan Osmond, Marie Osmond, unknown woman, Jimmy Osmond (bottom) Wayne Osmond and unknown man.


IT ALL STARTED AS A WAY TO RAISE MONEY

The Osmond family has eight kids, and many might not know, but two of them were born deaf: Tom and Virl. The parents had a large family living on a small farm, and thus saving money to hearing aids was not something easy to do. The other four sons then started performing to raise money for their brothers.

Image Credits: Getty Images / GAB Archive / Redferns | American band The Osmonds.

Image Credits: Getty Images / GAB Archive / Redferns | American band The Osmonds.


THE DONNY & MARIE SHOW: HOW IT CHANGED EVERYTHING

The family got their act known in the early 70s, but everything changed in 1976 when they decided to produce The Donny & Marie Show. Even though it became a quick hit, the transition to television came with a high cost. The bills for the studio kept piling up and the money from their music career was not coming in anymore.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bettmann | Portrait of sibling singers Donny and Marie Osmond, 1975.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bettmann | Portrait of sibling singers Donny and Marie Osmond, 1975.


WORKING 9 TO 5 WAS NOTHING BUT A DREAM

The show’s success led to Donny, 17 years old at the time, and Marie, two years younger, to pull up their sleeves and work hard. Sometimes spending 20 hours a day learning new songs, dance movies, and reading scripts, the brother and sister duo kept a positive attitude as they knew how much the family needed them.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Monti Spry / Central Press | Singers and siblings Donny and Marie Osmond, smiling for the cameras at a press conference, London, January 22nd 1979.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Monti Spry / Central Press | Singers and siblings Donny and Marie Osmond, smiling for the cameras at a press conference, London, January 22nd 1979.


NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS FAME FEELS

Marie went through a difficult time handling the pressure to keep a thin figure. In an interview, she confessed that “I had producers take me out into the parking lot when I was 103 pounds and tell me that I was obese, disgusting and a disgrace to my family,” as they wanted her to go down to 97 pounds.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Ochs Archives | Photo of Marie Osmond.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Ochs Archives | Photo of Marie Osmond.


GROUCHO MARX COULDN’T KEEP HIS HANDS TO HIMSELF

The show kept its ratings high and the audiences interested by bringing in celebrity guests, but along with the benefits of the charisma of certain guests, some bad things also happened behind the scenes. Marie mentioned that Groucho Marx “was a dirty old man” and that “[she] was very young, and I remember Groucho Marx pinching me.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Silver Screen Collection | American comedian Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977), circa 1955.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Silver Screen Collection | American comedian Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977), circa 1955.


DONNY: HANDLING PRESSURE AND THE MISSPELLING OF HIS NAME

The pressure from the show was also causing damage to Donny’s life. He would easily explode in rage over little things, one example being when he missed a note of a song and Marie touched him with her thumb to let him know, making him leave the stage. But as well when people would playfully write his name as Donnie.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Donny Osmond of The Osmonds, studio portrait, London, 1987.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Donny Osmond of The Osmonds, studio portrait, London, 1987.


MORMON FIRST, PERFORMER SECOND

Being raised as Mormons, the family kept their faith first and above anything else, followed by their love for the family. In certain interviews, Donny gives credit to God and their faith for the success the family had. As young teenagers, it would be tempting to fall into not-so-religious ways, and their faith protected them from deviations.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | American pop singer Donny Osmond, 2nd March 1973.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | American pop singer Donny Osmond, 2nd March 1973.


UNDER PRESSURE: HOW DONNY HANDLED PEER PRESSURE

It is not a surprise that Donny has always been made fun of when he was younger due to his not-so-cool personality. However, he has come forward mentioning how he was proud of himself for resisting the peer pressure to drink, do drugs, smoke, curse, and even have intimate relationships before marriage.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Amanda Edwards / WireImage | Singer Donny Osmond arrives at the 2015 TV LAND Awards at the Saban Theatre on April 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Amanda Edwards / WireImage | Singer Donny Osmond arrives at the 2015 TV LAND Awards at the Saban Theatre on April 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.


A DRUG SCANDAL INVOLVING DONNY: WHAT?

Not only was he proud of keeping true to his beliefs, but Donny also remembers having to refuse a fake drug scandal. His producers advised him to have a public scandal related to drugs to make him look more like a rock star and television personality. Donny was adamant with his decision and refused such a publicity stunt.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Donny Osmond, The Osmonds, portrait, London, 1973.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Donny Osmond, The Osmonds, portrait, London, 1973.


THE BIG REVELATION FROM MARIE

Marie released her book, “Behind the Smile”, where she reveals the awful truth about her childhood. Having mentioned that she was a victim of sexual abuse, she still refuses to expose the name of her abuser but has come forward to clear the names of her family and friends. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Redfern / Redferns | Marie Osmond, US singer and musician, singing into a microphone during a live concert performance, on stage at the International Festival of Country Music, held at Wembley Arena, London, England, Great Britain, 1 April 1986.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Redfern / Redferns | Marie Osmond, US singer and musician, singing into a microphone during a live concert performance, on stage at the International Festival of Country Music, held at Wembley Arena, London, England, Great Britain, 1 April 1986.


DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH

After the show was off the air, Marie was going through some difficult times, especially struggling with the fact that she hadn’t had much success since then. She checked herself into a mental hospital where she considered undergoing extreme treatments for her depression. She has lived with the condition during the majority of her life.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Actors Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond attend the 4th Annual National Believe Day at Macy's Pasadena on December 14, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Actors Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond attend the 4th Annual National Believe Day at Macy's Pasadena on December 14, 2012 in Pasadena, California.


SPLITTING UP THE MAGIC DUO

In the 80s, Donny and Marie opted to split up their gig and focus on their solo careers. Donny mentioned in an interview that, even though they felt it was time to move on, that he always knew the duo would end up performing together again. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Singers Donny Osmond (L) and Marie Osmond attend the 2015 TV Land Awards at Saban Theatre on April 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Singers Donny Osmond (L) and Marie Osmond attend the 2015 TV Land Awards at Saban Theatre on April 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.


WORKING TOGETHER AGAIN: A NIGHTMARE

The siblings had no idea how hard it was going to be to work together again. Donny said that “I’m dealing with somebody who is in control of her own career now.” The brother and sister then decided to bring in a mediator, Barry Leather, who would help them become the yin and yang they were known to be.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Becker | Singers Marie Osmond and Donny Osmond celebrate after being presented a cake at the conclusion of their 500th Donnie & Marie variety show at the Flamingo Las Vegas March 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Becker | Singers Marie Osmond and Donny Osmond celebrate after being presented a cake at the conclusion of their 500th Donnie & Marie variety show at the Flamingo Las Vegas March 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


GETTING ANIMATED AND VOICING HEROES

The two needed to have money coming in and thus decided to move into the voice-over industry. Donny starred in numerous animated TV shows, being known for Captain Li Shang in Disney classic, Mulan. However, he also worked for Cartoon Networks as Johnny Bravo.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Stuart Wilson | Donny Osmond attends the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 23, 2013 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Stuart Wilson | Donny Osmond attends the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 23, 2013 in London, England.


MARIE’S DAUGHTER COMES OUT

In the book, “Behind the Smile”, Marie opens up about how she dealt with her adopted daughter Jessica coming out as gay. She confessed that she cried when her daughter told her the news, as she was afraid people would misjudge and hurt her daughter just because of how she was born, and she “didn’t want that for my child.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frank Trapper / Corbis | Marie Osmond with her daughters Rachel and Jessica.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frank Trapper / Corbis | Marie Osmond with her daughters Rachel and Jessica.


THE FAMILY IS AGAINST IT ALL

Even though Marie was supportive of her daughter, the same can’t be said about the rest of the Osmond family. Alan, the oldest brother, came forward with a homophobic article where he argues that being gay is worth of “reparation” therapy. However, he was not the only one, Donny also had his opinions.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Alan Osmond from the Osmonds at a press conference, London, circa 1974.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Alan Osmond from the Osmonds at a press conference, London, circa 1974.


DONNY AND HIS OPINION ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Donny, probably Marie’s favorite brother, was very open about how he felt in regards to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. “It is their choice, not mine on how they conduct their lives and choose to live the commandments according to the dictates of their own conscience,” he mentioned in regards to how he believes gays and lesbians should be celibate.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Brian Ach / WireImage | Entertainer Donny Osmond and Debbie Osmond attend the launch of Donny Osmond Home on September 23, 2013 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Brian Ach / WireImage | Entertainer Donny Osmond and Debbie Osmond attend the launch of Donny Osmond Home on September 23, 2013 in New York City.


MARIE OPENS UP ABOUT HER LIFE

Marie seems to have finally found peace with all that has been going on in her life, mentioning that she understands that she didn’t have a childhood or a conventional love life or friends. However, overall, she comes forward with a good outlook on life, embracing and accepting her life experiences.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Donald Kravitz | Marie Osmond performs at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on March 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Donald Kravitz | Marie Osmond performs at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on March 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


MARIE WAS NEVER REALLY PART OF THE BAND

The Osmond Brothers were well-known in the 70s, but Marie was never really counted as one of the brothers. She was already performing alongside them by the age of three, but her relationship with her brothers was never amazing as she was never considered a regular member of the band.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Wayne Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Jay Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond and Alan Osmond.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Wayne Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Jay Osmond, Jimmy Osmond, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond and Alan Osmond.


THE OSMOND BROTHERS

“It seems like we’ve had every problem any family can get: from health to financial issues to whatever. But somehow, we have weathered the storms and here we are. The truth is, we are solid. Nothing that the world can give us means more than the solidarity we have with one another,” Jimmy mentioned about his relationship with his brothers.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Jimmy Osmond, American singer and member of American family group The Osmonds, posed wearing a leather jacket and trousers as he sits on a bench in a park in London in October 1983.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Putland | Jimmy Osmond, American singer and member of American family group The Osmonds, posed wearing a leather jacket and trousers as he sits on a bench in a park in London in October 1983.


JIMMY OSMOND: STANDING IN THE SHADOW

The youngest member of the family was no stranger to a difficult and different childhood, much like his sister. He spent his childhood touring and performing with his older siblings, but he also had the chance to make it as a solo artist. Jimmy’s solo act became extremely popular in Japan way before he joined his brothers on tour.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jorge Herrera / FilmMagic | Jimmy Osmond during Jimmy Osmond - DVD Launch at HMV Oxford Street in London, Great Britain.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jorge Herrera / FilmMagic | Jimmy Osmond during Jimmy Osmond - DVD Launch at HMV Oxford Street in London, Great Britain.


HALF A CENTURY LEGACY: JIMMY OSMOND

Jimmy has been working and performing since he was three years old, and when asked about his secret to long-term success in the industry he shared his secret: “Lots of biscuits! I don’t know, I grew up doing this.” Unfortunately, at the age of 55, Jimmy suffered a stroke which has made him uncertain about his future in the industry.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gerald Smith / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Alan Osmond, Wayne Osmond, Merril Osmond, Jay Osmond, Donny Osmond of The Osmonds.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gerald Smith / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Alan Osmond, Wayne Osmond, Merril Osmond, Jay Osmond, Donny Osmond of The Osmonds.

The Osmond family will forever be remembered as a success from the 70s, and the solo careers of certain members of the family are still soaring. They have gone through ups, downs, and turns-around, not only in their professional life but also in their personal lives. It is extremely impressive to see how each family member became a strong individual, even though they began a professional career at such a young age. We can only hope that they keep up with their success!

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