It’s been over a decade since Marie Osmond lost her father, but the pain still lingers for the beloved songstress. During the September 24 episode of The Talk, the 59-year-old beauty recalled the moment she learned about her beloved dad’s death and got candid about how it truly affected her.
“It was so hard to keep going … my father was a man who said you keep going, you just, you don’t let anything get you,” the “Paper Roses” singer, who was competing on Dancing With the Stars when she learned her father, George Osmond, died in 2007, explained to her cohosts.
“And I remember walking into that, you know how you film your rehearsals every week, it was the first time I stepped in and stood at that door, I went, ‘I can’t go in there,'” she continued. “Because I’m dad’s little girl. I was legitimately born on his birthday. But it was like all of a sudden, my dad is gone and my mom is gone and I felt like an orphan. My brothers are great but they’re lousy sisters.”
Marie got on the topic of her father’s death while reminiscing about her time on season 5 of DWTS. “We were doing the season, and during that season, a lot was going on,” she explained to costars Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Sheryl Underwood with guest host Katherine Schwarzenegger, who was filling in for Sharon Osbourne. “But my son had to go into a rehab, I was going through a really terrible custody battle and an awful divorce.”
The Donny & Marie star then recalled the moment her father died. Holding back tears, Marie explained that she had chosen a special song in honor of her parents to dance along to on DWTS. “My parents, when they first got married, had no money, and they used to go to all the dance contests to figure out what they were going to eat that week,” she explained why she chose the song.
“So I did ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ and I had talked to my dad, my mom had passed away but I talked to my dad right before and I said, ‘This song is for you and mom,’ she gushed. “And after we shot that, I was told that my dad died.” So heartbreaking.
The TV personality, who suffered with childhood bullying, the loss of her son Michael to suicide in 2010 and other heartbreaking struggles, told Closer Weekly how she endured the journey to get to where she is now. “There were difficult things, and yes, there were some negatives,” she admitted in 2016. “But you can always look towards the negative — and I refuse to do that. I prefer the light.”
Marie is so strong!