Marie Osmond Once Revealed Why She Abandoned Her Family Planning Never to Return

Bettina Dizon
Jun 12, 2019
01:13 P.M.
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Marie Osmond once found herself in the darkest of places despite giving birth to a healthy baby boy, which drove her miles away from her family.


After giving birth to her seventh child, Marie Osmond found herself in the darkest of places and experienced severe postpartum depression which led her to leave her kids in a second and never return -- or so that was the plan.

On July 6, Osmond gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Matthew, but later returned to the hospital from physical exhaustion and muscle spasms which was “a reaction from too much stress and the weight of changing and lifting” her two babies.



Two weeks later, after feeding and putting all her kids to sleep, the talk show host had an epiphany and decided everything “was just too much.”

"I gave my nanny credit cards and blank checks and the baby, and said, 'Call my husband, I'm out of here.' And I left. I ran away. I knew something was wrong, but I couldn't tell you what," Osmond recalled.


Osmond abruptly left without a plan of where to go or what to do, and she certainly didn’t think of coming back. She recalled:

“I got in my car and drove up the coast. I don’t know how long I drove, probably 24 hours.”

Roughly a day later, her husband, Brian Blosil, contacted her and walked her through the entire situation, despite being frantic about what his wife had done. She followed Blosil’s advice to check in a motel where she spent another day.



She sought medical help when she came home and was later diagnosed with depression. Doctor’s medicated Osmond with Zoloft, but “couldn’t handle it” after five days.

“Not only did it take away the low, it took away all the joy. I was terrible, absolutely awful,” she said.

Osmond’s experience is a common feeling of new mothers called “baby blues,” which happens when happy hormones are depleted, giving off unbalanced moods. 


Although she felt the symptoms, the successful performer decided to hide it from the rest of the world, being guilty of how she felt when she should be happy about her new baby.

Osmond is known for her singing and hosting, especially with her ‘70s show “Donny & Marie” with Donny Osmond, her brother.


While going through PPD, Osmond separated from her then-husband, Brian Blosil, for months, believing her depression was a factor leading to her choice. She called their temporary split “productive” seeing as she learned her boundaries and cleared her head.


“I know my husband loves me more than he ever has, and I know that I love him and we made it through a really difficult time,” she told Larry King. “


Osmond is known for her singing and hosting, especially with her ‘70s show “Donny & Marie” with Donny Osmond, her brother.

Now, at 59, Osmond continues her passion and talent for hosting, taking on a new role as a co-host on “The Talk” in replacement of Sara Gilbert. She joins the other hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Sharon Osbourne. 

CBS Entertainment’s executive VP for daytime programs, Angelica McDaniel sees Osmond as the “perfect addition to the show.”