Marie Osmond is getting candid about her lifelong weight struggles — and has revealed her late mom saved her life by once giving her one key piece of advice.
"She was overweight, and right before she died, she said to me, ‘Marie, don’t do to your body what I did to mine,'" Marie, 57, exclusive told Closer Weekly. "Those are powerful words right before you leave this life, and my mom saved me."
The singer's mother, Olive May Osmond, sadly died at age 79 in May 2004 on Mother's Day. Surrounded by friends and family — she was a mother-of-nine — Olive sadly passed away from complications of a stroke she suffered in November 2001.
Marie with her mother, Olive, in July 1978. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Before her death, Marie's beloved mom warned her daughter to live a healthy life or "you don't have the energy or ability to serve your family," the star recalled to Closer.
"At one point I was taking care of [her]. She had heart disease and it took her life, and my grandmother’s — I was a ticking time bomb. I knew I had to do something," Marie said.
Marie — who rose to showbiz stardom when she was just four-years-old — has struggled with her weight her entire life. "[In my teens], I was 103 pounds, and I had producers telling me I was fat — I got down to 90 pounds at one point," she confessed. "The head trips are intense. Food was becoming my enemy, and it should not be that way."
Marie in 2006 (left) and 2016 (right). (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In 2013, Donny Osmond's younger sister began professionally promoting Nutrisystem, the weight loss program that has helped her lose 50 pounds in recent years. "I had to find something that worked for me," she said of the diet and exercise regimen. "I finally learned how to eat!"
"[Today], I am happy! I love who I am, and I’m proud of what I’ve done!" Marie told Closer of her newfound, positive body image. We're so happy for you, Marie!
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