'Dancing with the Stars' star Marie Osmond reveals son is in rehab
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/15/2007
Marie Osmond is apparently facing more important issues than capturing Dancing with the Stars fifth-season mirror ball trophy. The entertainer has revealed her 16-year-old son Michael entered rehab last week for undisclosed treatment.
"My son Michael is an amazing young man, shown through his courage in facing his issues," Marie said in a media statement released after Larry King questioned her about her son's problems during the Wednesday afternoon taping of an interview that aired on CNN's Wednesday night Larry King Live broadcast. "The press and public have always been kind and gracious in the past, and I know they will continue to respect our privacy during this time."
"My son was put into a rehab. It's really hard. It's really hard. But it's a reality," the 48-year-old Dancing with the Stars 5 celebrity participant said during her Larry King Live appearance.
While Marie didn't reveal the exact issue Michael is dealing with while in rehab, she did offer some insight.
"It's a hard world kids are growing up in... They're dealing with peer pressure They're having these -- they're called pharm parties, where they go and steal, you know, medicines out of their parents' [medicine] cabinets," Marie told King. "And they dump them in a bowl and they just take them until they pass out. My son didn't do that. But, you know, he's dealing with a lot of issues."
Michael is one of Marie and ex-husband Brian Blosi's seven children together. Like four of his siblings, Michael is adopted.
"I don't know that I feel comfortable talking for [Michael]. I think he'll have to deal with that," Marie told King. "But I will say this. My son is amazing. He's dealing with a lot. He's one of my kids. He's dealing with adoption issues, all kinds of things right now."
"She's got her support team around her," said Marie's brother Donny, who also participated in the Larry King Live interview.
"A lot of people in this country and a lot of people in the world are dealing with these kinds of issues. And the Osmond family, just because we're a close family, it doesn't mean we're exempt from those issues, because society can throw a lot of trash at you... But think about the fact that -- as sappy as a lot of people may think this is -- we are a close family."