Outspoken comedienne Roseanne Barr has taken to her controversial blog to slam the Mormon faith – insisting Marie Osmond’s son Michael killed himself last Friday, not because he was depressed but because he was “gay”.
Osmond’s adopted 18 year old son Michael Blosil was found dead outside his Los Angeles apartment building last week. Michael left a suicide note reportedly before throwing his life off a balcony after failing to cope with a depression.
Former Roseanne star Barr is adamant Blosil was homosexual – and has unleashed her wrath on the Osmond family’s Mormon beliefs, alleging he took his own life for fear his sexuality would shame his mother.
She writes, “Marie Osmond’s poor gay son killed himself. He had been told how wrong and how sick he was every day of his life by his church and the people in it. Calling that ‘depression’ is a lie!
“Yet the Osmonds still talk lovingly about their church, saying nothing about it’s extremely anti-gay crusade. Marie also has a gay daughter! Hey I want her and all the gay kids in the world to know that they are just fine being gay and that they deserve love and respect instead of insults and rebuke! I have gay people in my family and my circle of friends and I am kicking bigot a** and taking names!”
Barr adds her own message to the late teen: “If I had been your mom, I would have told you that some of the greatest and smartest and most artistic people who ever lived were gay. I would have shielded you from bigots who tore at your soul, like the ones that unfortunately were closest to you. To all the gay Mormon children out there in the world, I will be your mom! I love you!”
Michael had a history of depression and was admitted to a rehabilitation center in 2007. A good student, he achieved a 3.79 GP in high school. He was currently enrolled at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles. According to the police report his friends reported Michael to be sober and calm before his death.
Marie Osmond and her husband Brian Blosil adopted Michael along with four others. They divorced in 2007.
Marie Osmond, famous for singing, acting, doll designing, co-hosting variety shows is no stranger to depression herself, relating her own postpartum depression experiences in the book Behind the Smile.
March 16th Update
A grieving Marie Osmond cancelled her sold out show Tuesday night at the famous Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel and Casino just 45 minutes before the show was due to begin. Chip Lightman, producer for the show explained, “She decided she needed more time with her family.”
The singer and her family have been in mourning since Osmond’s 18-year old son, Michael (Blosil) Bryan, committed suicide just weeks ago. Last week the “Paper Roses” hitmaker amazed fans by returning to work the very next day after her son’s funeral in Provo, Utah. In a sometimes teary performance, the valiant performer told the crowd last week, “This show is for my son. He would have wanted this. We Osmonds get through this by keeping on singing, and that what were going to do tonight. My son would want that.”
Bryan was one of 8 children of Marie Osmond and ex-husband Brian Blosil. Though no official report for the cause of death has been determined pending toxicology reports, a note was left in the teenager’s apartment, describing his long struggle with depression. Did you know? Marie Osmond has written 2 books about her battle with depression. They include — Behind The Smile: My Journey Out Of Postpartum Depression, and Healing From The Heart: The Inherent Power To Heal From Within.