In an interview on Thursday's Oprah Winfrey Show, Marie Osmond talked for the first time about her son's suicide. Michael Bryan, who had struggled with drugs and depression, jumped to his death from the eighth floor of an apartment building in Los Angeles on February 26.
Michael had been through rehab after a previous suicide attempt, and Osmond said that when she last saw him about a month before his death, he was happy and well. No drugs were found in Michael's system at the time of death.
Osmond shared the details of a now-painful conversation she had with Michael on the Friday before he passed away:
"When I heard him say to me, 'I have no friends,' it brought back to me when I went through depression. Because you really feel so alone, and the hardest thing was, I told him, I said, 'Mike I'm gonna be there Monday and it's gonna be OK' -- but depression doesn't wait until Monday."
Oprah, naturally, asked the question no one with a heart should be asking a grieving mother: whether she had any "what ifs" about the incident. Osmond responded,
"What if I had just put him on a plane and said, 'Come be with me.' [But] I think if you live in what ifs, you stop living."
Osmond also addressed the rumors that Michael had taken his life because he was gay.
"My son was not gay. He wanted to be married and have a family and travel all over the world. And it wouldn't matter if he was."
I can't begin to imagine the kind of pain this family has been going through, and I hope she's on a good path to finding peace over this tragic loss.
As for Oprah—is it just me, or was that question downright unconscionable?
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