Marie Osmond says 18-year-old son Michael was 'bullied very heavily' before he committed suicide in 2010
Marie Osmond has revealed that her son Michael was "bullied very heavily" before he took his own life in 2010. Appearing on an episode of 'The Talk', Osmond shared, "I have never spoken about this before. So, my son who died, he was bullied."
Osmond shared that Michael "was bullied very heavily up until the time" he died. She continued that she still has the text messages which are "horrendous".
"But, I can tell you, honestly, I believe that that was a big component in him just feeling overwhelmed and that he didn't fit in. I never took action against the three kids. I know who they are," Osmond shared.
Even though she did not confront those responsible, she believes that their behavior should be addressed to help prevent another child from suicide.
She added that it may be a good idea to have some consequences as bullying is getting out of hand. Michael was one of Osmond's eight children and one among five she had adopted with her husband Brian Blosil.
At the time that Michael passed away, he was only 18 years old. In 2007, he was in a rehab facility for unknown reasons but was thriving by 2009, according to a People report.
In 2007, Osmond had said, "My son Michael is an amazing young man, shown through his courage in facing his issues". Last month, she had got candid about the aftermath of her son's death and revealed that she was still grieving.
Around the time of his death, she spoke about how Michael was battling depression. On Sunday, September 29, she spoke to CBS and referred to Michael's passing.
She revealed that one never gets 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," she shared.