Donny Osmond on surviving child stardom after being called a ‘has-been’: ‘I wasn’t going to do it with scandals’

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Donny Osmond was just five years old when he made his television debut, was established at seven, and was nearly 13 when he was approached to record solo music.

But doing it on your own terms has not always been easy.

The singer, who returned to Las Vegas two years after the coronavirus suspended live music, credited his determination to reinvent himself over the years – without scandal – with helping him escape the curse of the child. star.

“It’s a curse when you hit it big like a little kid because everybody wants to keep you in that locker,” the star told Fox News Digital. “And it’s really hard to get out of it. Some people have managed to do it. Look at Justin Bieber. He did an amazing job. However, he didn’t come through it easily either. He struggled to break through this picture.

Donny Osmond made his debut at age five on ‘The Andy Williams Show’
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“I decided a long time ago that I wasn’t going to do this with scandals, trickery or promotional campaigns,” the 64-year-old explained. “I was going to do it with my music, which is a very difficult way to do it. But it happened. And it took me 10 years. But I wanted the music to speak for itself. … It’s very hard to get out of this career as a teenybopper. But thank God, thanks to perseverance and a lot of support from my fan base, it happened. But it takes a lot of work to be accepted as a adult.


Throughout her career, Osmond has won 33 gold records and sold over 100 million albums. At the end of 2021, he released his 65th album, “Start Again”.

“I’ve been through so many incarnations,” Osmond said. “And every time one of those incarnations ends, you start over. I had to keep reinventing myself. We all start over many times in our lives.”

Donny Osmond's interpretation of "puppy love" turned 50 this year.

Donny Osmond’s rendition of “Puppy Love” turns 50 this year.
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Osmond’s career skyrocketed further as he grew in the public eye during his three-year run alongside his sister Marie Osmond on the TV variety show “Donny & Marie.” But when the series ended in 1979, the teenagers who once idolized her disappeared. And the Osmond family struggled after losing much of their fortune to bad investments.

“When I was told I was a has-been at 21, I said, ‘I don’t accept that. There’s no way I’m going to accept that. said Osmond. “The truth is, without trying to sound cliché, I love what I do. I love performing. I love to sing and entertain. For me, yes, it’s work and I work hard, but there is something in the magic of show business.

“There’s something about that curtain going up, the lights hitting you, the band leaving and the fans cheering. But I also want to rebuild my path. People will always give you advice on how to which things you should do, and not everything is why it was so important to me to stick to what I truly believed in.


Osmond credited the support of his family, including his sister Marie, 62, as he navigated adulthood as an artist. In 2019, he and Marie ended their residency in Las Vegas after an unexpected 11-year run.

Donny and Marie Osmond during their final performance at Flamingo Las Vegas on November 16, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Donny and Marie Osmond during their final performance at Flamingo Las Vegas on November 16, 2019 in Las Vegas.
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“Marie has played an important role in my career,” he said. “The ‘Donny & Marie’ thing happened when I was about 16. So it was a very, very important part of my life. But everyone has an arc in their career. Reinvention is hugely important. vital to maintaining a long career. Marie was able to help me reinvent myself even with the ‘Donny & Marie’ brand. Family is absolutely the most important thing to me. It comes before fame. When the curtain comes down – and it will fall – what else do you have?”


Osmond has been married to his wife Debbie for over 40 years. They share five sons and 12 grandchildren.

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