Donny Osmond appeared on The Dr. Phil Show yesterday and he enchanted fans with tales and stories about his good pal, Michael Jackson. The talented singer has been a star for almost five decades and he talked openly about his childhood, career, triumphs, and struggles. The candid interview was an intimate look at Donny Osmond and how he has survived unimaginable highs and crushing lows throughout a long lived career.
During an interesting chat with Dr. Phil, Donny Osmond explained that he and Michael Jackson met and became friends when they were both 13 years old. After presenting an American Music Award together, the two decided that they were hungry, so they piled into Donny’s limo and ordered tacos from a nearby Jack in the Box. The two opened the moon roof, stood up and enjoyed their tacos while cruising the Sunset Strip. “That’s one of my best memories of Michael. We both laughed our heads off,” Donny told Dr. Phil.
Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond remained friends throughout the years. In 1988, the two met up and Michael played a demo of “Thriller” for Donny, who instantly knew it would be a huge hit. Because his own career was floundering, Osmond asked his pal for some advice to get it back on track. Michael Jackson advised Donny to change his name because it was poison and squeaky clean. Interestingly enough, Osmond released his album “Soldier of Love” with no name attached to it. It was a hit and months later Donny revealed his identity. That album got Donny’s derailed career back on track.
Donny Osmond revealed interesting parallels between his life and Michael Jackson's life.
- Both teen idols were very young when they were pushed to the forefront with big expectations.
- Both families had nine children.
- Donny and Michael were the 7th child in their respective families.
- Donny and Michael's mothers share the same birthdays.
- Michael’s mom plays the clarinet, Donny’s mom played the sax.
The two child stars had so much in common that they remained friends throughout their lives. Donny Osmond was crushed when he learned about his friend’s death. He said to Dr. Phil, “When he went off to superstardom, the pressures of the business got to him.”
Osmond is now busier than ever. He won Dancing with the Stars, currently has the #1 hit on the country charts, produces his own radio show, and performs nightly in Las Vegas with sister Marie. He credits his energy to a supplement called Protandim. “It’s my fountain of youth,” he explained.
Towards the end of the show, Dr. Phil surprised Donny Osmond by bringing Stevie Wonder on stage. Right before the big surprise, Donny told Dr. Phil that Stevie once offered him the following advice, “Never let your fear be bigger than your faith.” Osmond said that’s how he tries to live his life. Stevie Wonder and Donny Osmond performed a very entertaining medley of their hit songs. It was a wonderful and memorable TV moment.
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