Music legend Marie Osmond has always been her family's financial support, and she reevaluates herself with each passing decade. Now, she helps her children raise her eight grandkids.
Marie Osmond grew up with eight brothers, so she wanted a big family when she started having children. Now, she has seven kids and nine grandkids to look after.
In the 1970s, Osmond and her family shot to stardom with their impressive singing skills. Around the same time, Osmond met Stephen Craig, whom she married twice.
Marie Osmond on February 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California [left]. Instagram photos of Osmond's granchildren | Photo: Getty Images - Instagram
OSMOND AND CRAIG'S UNIQUE MARRIAGE
Craig and Osmond met when she was still a teenager. The former college basketball player and the music icon married in June 1982 when she was only 22 years old.
Unfortunately, their relationship was short-lived. Osmond revealed that she was at a crossroads between her personal life and career. She couldn't find balance and filed for divorce in October 1985.
Marie Osmond in "Maybe This Time" in 1995 | Photo: Getty Images
One year later, Osmond married music producer Brian Blosil. They had a long and loving relationship for over two decades, but in March 2007, they announced their divorce.
Neither blamed the other for their separation. However, Osmond later confessed she never wanted to tie the knot again after her and Craig's failed marriage.
Marie Osmond and her husband Steve Craig at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 10, 2013 | Photo: Getty Images
A few years later, Osmond and Craig reconnected thanks to their son, Stephen Jr. They dated for two years but kept every detail of their relationship secret because they didn't want to hurt anybody if things didn't work out.
Stephen Jr. had plans to tie the knot in 2011, so Osmond and Craig decided they couldn't attend the wedding and not be married. On May 4, 2011, Osmond and Craig walked down the aisle a second time.
Michael, also adopted, died by suicide in 2010.
Marie Osmond on January 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images
While their first wedding was over the top and had 4,000 guests, their second ceremony was intimate. It still made headlines, mainly because Osmond wore the same dress from their first wedding. About her rekindled love with Craig, she said:
"The thing about a second marriage is that you realize things you thought were so important, aren't. I love being with my husband. He is the sweetest man I know."
Marie Osmond on February 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
ONE OF OSMOND'S KIDS DIED BY SUICIDE
Although Osmond and Craig only share one son, she welcomed seven more with her second husband – two biological and five adopted. Unfortunately, one of them died by suicide.
Osmond's eldest son is Stephen Jr., an actor currently married and raising four children (more on Osmond's eight grandkids later). She then adopted Jessica, a police officer living in Los Angeles who married her wife, Sara, in 2019.
Blosil and Osmond's first biological kid is Rachel, whose personality is very similar to her mother's. She is married to fashion designer Gabriel Krueger and is raising two kids.
Brandon, who prefers to live away from the spotlight, joined the brood via adoption shortly after being born in November 1996. The former married couple then adopted Brianna, a makeup artist who married David Schwep. Brianna is also raising two daughters.
Osmond and Blosil's second biological child is Matthew. He was born in July 1999 and is a dedicated Christian. The singer and the music producer adopted their youngest child, Abigail, three years later.
Michael, also adopted, died by suicide in 2010. He was just 18 years old. He supposedly struggled with addiction and depression after Osmond and Blosil parted ways in 2007, had no friends and felt like he would never fit in.
Marie Osmond on April 29, 2018 in Pasadena, California | Photo: Getty images
OSMOND'S GROWING GRANDCHILDREN
Coming back to Osmond's grandchildren, she currently has nine but is expected to have even more. The "Meet Me in Montana" singer loves being a grandma, and she has gushed about it several times.
In June 2013, she proudly announced Stephen Jr.'s wife was expecting their first baby. Apart from describing the baby as a "gift from God," she revealed that Stephen Jr. broke the news on his 30th birthday after blowing the candles.
"You get to do all the loving and none of the discipline."
On December 18, 2013, Stephen II was born. Judging by Osmond's Instagram page, he loves painting and playing baseball. Osmond's second grandkid is Rocket Jade, Rachel's daughter.
Rocket was born on August 14, 2015. Osmond once admitted she was hilarious and even described her as her "little actress." She also makes frequent appearances on her grandma's social media pages.
Stephen Jr.'s second kid is Christian, born on November 27, 2015. The cute boy rarely appears on Osmond's Instagram, but when he does, he melts hearts.
Maxwell is Stephen Jr.'s youngest son. He joined the brood on October 9, 2018, and his uncle Matthew blessed him in January 2020.
Next in line is Maude, Brianna's eldest daughter, born on May 22, 2019. Osmond celebrated her first birthday with a cute photo of her granddaughter wearing a grey sweater and matching beanie.
Rachel's second child is Wolf, born on July 4, 2019. The boy coincidentally was born on Independence Day, and Osmond revealed fireworks were going off during his birth.
Brianna's youngest kid is Mabel. She was born on August 5, 2020, and hardly ever shows up on social media. For her first birthday, though, Osmond posted a photo of her "precious little granddaughter."
Osmond's youngest grandkid is Olive, born on April 13, 2021. She is Stephen Jr.'s only daughter. The singer revealed the baby was named after her (Osmond's real name is Olive Marie).
In January 2022, Osmond confessed she loved to spoil her grandkids. However, she also likes to take care of them so that her children and in-laws can have time for themselves. About being a grandma, Osmond said:
"It's like getting your kids back on steroids. You know, you get to do all the loving and none of the discipline. It's really fun."
She confessed she had always been her family's financial support. With each passing decade, she reevaluates herself to identify what she needs to learn to become a better person.
Osmond recently learned that it was okay to close doors. She added that people are sometimes afraid to move from something good in a job but detrimental to their environment and physical happiness. What a large and beautiful family!
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