Marie Osmond Still Heartbroken Over Son's Suicide
Ever since the suicide of Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, the devastated star has been keeping a low profile, refusing interview requests but still keeping her performing commitments in Las Vegas. Sources tell me Marie is trying to take care of her own demons and begin the process of healing.
"There have been many nights when her show in Vegas has had to be delayed because Marie was crying," a source close to her Vegas show tells me. "It's heart-wrenching to see her consumed with so much pain and guilt and know there is nothing you can do but let a mother grieve the loss of her son. Marie beats herself up about what has happened and, like other mothers whose child took their own life, wonders what she could have done differently. However, Marie is one of the most resilient women you will ever meet; she will survive."
Friends of Marie tell me she is leaning heavily on her family and faith as she continues to heal, but surprisingly what has saved Marie was going back on stage and performing. "It's what Michael would have wanted her to do."
Blosil committed suicide on February 26. He was adopted while Osmond was married to her ex-husband, Brian Blosil.
Osmond spoke unexpectedly at Michael's funeral, saying, "I'd just like to say thank you to everybody. As you see I have amazing support from great men, my family, my brothers. God was very wise when he put me into a family with honorable men because they have served as examples for my children ... I'm so proud of each and every one of you. I'm proud of my son and I honor his birth mother, who's here today, who gave me the greatest gift. Thank you for those beautiful 18 years."
Ruthann Clawson, a close friend of Blosil's, told investigators that the 18-year-old had previously attempted suicide three times by hanging. The report stated that Michael had been suffering from depression due to "bad school grades and a visit from a former girlfriend."
At about 9 PM the evening he died, Blosil was texting Clawson, saying he "felt like s**t" and would be home soon. Clawson got a final text from him saying a note was left for her in his apartment.
Moments after she found the note, Clawson heard the sirens of arriving emergency vehicles and saw his body lying on the sidewalk below.
In the note, Blosil "outlined his unhappiness with his life and his intent to kill himself." He had no drugs in his system.
Suzie Ormond to Fix Fergie's Finances
Last week, Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, taped her big interview with Oprah that will air on Tuesday. Sources close with Fergie tell me that, as emotional as the interview is, the real news happened off camera.
"Oprah has the biggest heart in the world and, off camera, offered to get her pal and financial wiz, Suze Orman, to help the financially troubled Royal," a source close to Sarah tells me. "Sarah is looking at several job opportunities, including appearing on Donald Trump's 'Apprentice,' but the most exciting work opportunity at the moment for Sarah is getting her own talk show on the newly formed Oprah Network. That's why Sarah went on the Oprah show first."
Naughty but Nice broke news on April 23 about Fergie's TV aspirations and, ironically, her desire to replace Oprah herself, long before this new scandal. Now, with a little help from the big 'O' herself, Sarah's dream might come true
Joan Rivers Is Back on Top
Can we talk? Forget Betty White, the latest craze that will soon be taking over America again is none other than Joan Rivers. Trust me.
Last week, I saw the new documentary 'Joan Rivers; A Piece of Work,' which is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Yes, the filmmakers are very talented and skilled, but the reason this film is so brilliant is because of one person, Joan Rivers.
Never have I seen such honesty on film. Never have I seen "an actress" (yes, Joan told me that deep down she is an actress playing a comedian) be so raw. Never have I seen an audience -- which included comedian Sarah Silverman -- go from laughter to tears so fast.
Not only does Joan deserve an Academy Award for allowing us all a glimpse into her private life, she also deserves a huge thank you. Teaching people to laugh at themselves, even in times of despair, is not only a gift -- it's a blessing and it's what makes Joan a national treasure.
Note: Joan is such a loyal friend she refused to comment on Jesse James, whom she became friendly with while taping 'Celebrity Apprentice.'
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