There’s not a day that goes by that Marie Osmond doesn’t think about her late son, Michael Blosil. He died almost 10 years ago in 2010 when he took his own life after a long battle with depression. Michael was only 18 years old at the time.
“I have never spoken about this before,” Marie began on the Tuesday, October 1, episode of The Talk. “So, my son who died, he was bullied.”
Marie explained that Michael “was bullied very heavily up until the time” he committed suicide and, to this day, she still has “the texts” that he sent her when he was still alive.
“I mean they are horrendous, and I never took action against. 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,” she added. “I never took action against the three kids. I know who they are.”
While Marie never took the bullies to task, she does hope that bullying will come to an end in the near future because too many people are taking their own lives. “Maybe it’s not a bad idea to have some kind of consequence because it’s getting out of hand,” Donny Osmond‘s sister explained.
Michael is one of eight kids that Marie is mom to. His siblings — Stephen Craig, Jessica Blosil, Rachael Blosil, Brandon Blosil, Brianna Blosil, Matthew Blosil, and Abigail Blosil — also mourned his death.
In the wake of his passing, Marie released a statement about the tragic news. “My family and I are devastated and in deep shock by the tragic loss of our dear Michael and ask that everyone respect our privacy during this difficult time,” she said at the time.
Then on CBS Sunday Morning, the “Paper Roses” singer revealed what life has been like for her nearly 10 years after her son committed suicide.
“You know, I don’t think you’re ever through it,” she confessed. “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.”
We agree with you, Marie. Bullying has no place in this world.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.