It’s been 41 years since Marie Osmond had her showbiz breakthrough, and with No. 1 songs, a hit variety TV series, a best-selling book, Broadway role and more, her successes have clearly grown. But it hasn’t all been a bed of roses for Marie — along the way, she went through two divorces, battled postpartum depression and endured the 2010 suicide of her 18-year-old son, Michael.
Now, the 55-year-old opens up to Star about her journey.
How do you stay so young-looking?
Genetics obviously plays a part, but I truly believe that attitude is No. 1. You can do everything to look good on the outside, but if you’re not happy on the inside, it shows. I’m also a huge advocate of water; I drink 10 large glasses a day. I have no problem with aging. But what’s sad is people who want to be 30 when they’re 50. I have four beautiful daughters, and I want them to be healthy in their thoughts patterns and love themselves.
Your son Stephen’s wife, Claire, gave birth to little Stephen in December 2013. What was your reaction when you heard you were becoming a grandmother?
It was the most incredibly exciting feeling on the planet — maybe even cooler than when I heard I was pregnant for the first time, because it’s the child of your child. It’s the wonderful circle of life. And I’ll let you in on a secret: My daughter Rachael is in her first trimester now, so I have a new grandchild on the way. I’m so excited, I can’t stand it!
What’s your personal diet and exercise regimen?
I did every diet on the planet before beginning my eight years with Nutrisystem. I lost 50 lbs., and I kept it off because they teach you how to maintain. They have a new system they created specifically for me called Fast 5 — how to lose five pounds quickly. The biggest thing for women is to keep their metabolism going — keep wood on the fire, so to speak. I’m very active, so that helps, too, and I love taking long walks with my husband while listening to Books on Tape.
You’ve had a romantic “do-over” with your husband Steve [they wed in 1982, divorced in 1985 and remarried in 2011]. How did you realize you were meant to be back together?
Over the years, Steve and I had only seen each other a handful of times. It wasn’t until 2008, after I had moved to Las Vegas for my show, that we reconnected. I asked our son Stephen if he could help me move, and he said, “I’m with Dad, can I bring him over to help too?” And I said sure. It was really a friendship at first. After a year or so, we began dating again, and when our son decided to get married, we decided to get married first so we could be a true mom and dad again at his wedding. The night before we got married, we took everybody out to dinner, and Steve got down on one knee and gave me a beautiful, antique five-carat diamond from an estate in Paris. “It’s a high-five for us getting back together,” he told me. He also gave me an exquisite eight-carat ring signifying my eight kids. God does give you second chances. Steve is a good man, my best friend and the love of my life.
What’s your typical day like when you get a chance to just kick back?
Honestly, with all my projects, eight kids and a second grandchild on the way, I don’t have a lot of free time. But it is really important to at least get some quiet time to myself. I’m constantly learning, so I like to read. I also love to sculpt. And every Friday night is date night with my wonderful husband.
Why are these the best days of your life?
Growing up in the world of showbiz is difficult. But eventually, I think you finally figure out who you are as a person, and you get to a place in your life where you find peace. I know there’s a God, and he has sustained me through the hard times. This is a great time in my life right now. It’s true, I’ve never been happier!
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