In the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now, Marie Osmond exclusively shares that despite loss and personal setbacks she has found total joy in her life as a doting grandmother!
“Out of all the awards and accolades that I have been blessed with throughout my life, nothing comes close in comparison with the blessings I receive from being a mother to my eight children and grandma of three,” Marie tells Closer.
Marie with her grandson Stephen Jr. in 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
After struggling under the spotlight, being bullied for her weight and facing the heartbreaking loss of her son Michael to suicide in 2010, Marie admits it was a long journey to get to where she is now.
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“There were difficult things, and yes, there were some negatives,” she says. “But you can always look towards the negative — and I refuse to do that. I prefer the light.” And for Marie, 56, her grandchildren — Stephen Jr., 2, Rocket, 8 months, and Christian, 5 months — are that light in her life.
Marie, Rachael and Rocket. (Photo Credit: Nutrisystem)
“I am the happiest I have ever been!” Marie gleefully tells Closer. “I’ve gotten to experience things with them that I never did. I didn’t really have a childhood — my life has not been normal.”
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Marie takes pride in living up to something her mother, Olive, once told her. “She said, ‘You know that you are successful when you can honestly say that you are a happy grandma. That means that your children love you, that you have put family first and that your grandbabies love you,'" Marie recalls. “I can say that I am a happy mother and a happy grandma.”
For more from Marie, including what she likes to do with her grandkids at her kid-friendly home in Utah, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!
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