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Marie Osmond tells Oprah that ex-husband Brian Blosil barred from son's funeral

Marie Osmond tells Oprah Winfrey that ex-husband Brian Blosil barred from funeral for son Michael Bryan

In an exclusive interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show Thursday, Marie Osmond said that her ex-husband Brian Blosil was not invited to the funeral of their son, Michael Bryan. Osmond said that other family members said they would not attend if he was there. Osmond said she had no choice but to keep Blosil out.

Bryan, 18, committed suicide in February by leaping from a balcony of the eight story apartment building where he lived in Los Angeles. He had legally changed his last name from Blosil to Bryan, which was his middle name.

Osmond said that Bryan had attempted suicide three years ago while she was going through a painful divorce with Blosil. During that same time, Osmond was performing on Dancing with the Stars. Osmond facetiously called it "Dancing with the Starved," which may have been a reference to the stars who lost weight to participate in the show. Osmond famously fainted after one of her performances.

Osmond did not go into details on her son's previous suicide attempt and Oprah did not press her for details. She did talk about the recent much publicized cases of gay teen suicides, suggesting that bullying was the biggest reason why those young people took their lives.

Osmond also addressed the question of whether Bryan was gay. Click here for that story as well as a link to a previous story with a close friend who talked to the Examiner.com about that question.

Osmond said the divorce was difficult for the whole family. Clearly there is no fondness for Blosil among her family. Michael Bryan's name was Michael Blosil but he legally changed his name so he would no longer carry his father's last name.

Osmond said that when she married Blosil she wasn’t in a good state of mind and didn’t have a high sense of self-esteem. Osmond married Blosil in 1986, just a year after she divorced her first husband of three years, Stephen Craig. She had one son with Craig, Stephen James Craig.

Osmond told Winfrey, "I had a very bad marriage, a lot of pain, a lot of sorrow. A lot of trying, a lot of effort, but you can't sit in something, you have to move forward.

"I really think at this point, with my children - I still have four children at home - you have to move forward. I will say this - as you move into a second marriage, for me, I was just really, really, really, really, really tired when I made my decision. You marry at the level of your self esteem; make sure you have self worth."

Bryan committed suicide in February. He was just 18. Osmond told Oprah that Bryan called her around 8:45 or 8:50 p.m. on the night of his suicide but she was unable to take the call. He jumped to his death from his Los Angeles apartment building at 9:30 p.m.

Osmond sidestepped questions from Winfrey over tabloid reports that Blosil abused her. Click here for that story.

The Oprah Winfrey show airs locally on KGO-TV, Channel 7 weekdays at 4 p.m.

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