Using the word "complicated" does not come close to describing the relationship between the late son of Marie Osmond, Michael, and his father, Brian Blosil.
For a father to be absent during the burial service of his son, albeit an adopted son, speaks volumes about the kind of relationship the two shared.
However, Michael wasn't the only one speaking up about the fact that he and his father had no relationship remotely resembling that of a son and a father; or at the very least that of an adopted son and his father. Therefore, it is difficult to jump to the conclusion that his being adopted was the main reason.
Michael was known to suffer from depression, he struggled with fitting in and felt distanced from those around him hence he lived an ‘isolated’ life.
Although it could appear presumptuous to assume the absence of a father figure in his life resulted in his inability to fit into his society or meander his way through this difficulty, this fact, however, cannot be overlooked.
Their relationship became so distant that Michael no longer had any desire to carry his last name. It was not until August 28th, 2009 that it became known (publicly) just how strained their relationship was. Michael made it clear in a petition for a name change with the Utah County Court that his relationship with his "father" while he lived at home was strained.
Sadly this revelation was further augmented by Blosil’s declination to comment when he was approached by a representative from "People," and Osmond’s daughter, Jessica, who also filed for a name change affidavit in the same court Michael had requested his just before his death.
Jessica, as though mirroring Michael’s statement, stated that she had nothing resembling a relationship with her father and as such would instead carry her mother, Marie Osmond's last name with no further interest in taking his (Blosil's) name.
The importance of a fatherly figure in the life of a young man cannot be overstressed which is why the lack thereof of a father figure, not to dismiss/insult the importance or role of a mother, could be an intricate factor to the "loneliness" felt by Michael Bryan.