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Famous as much for her LDS faith and family values as her music, on Friday evening Piers Morgan welcomed Marie Osmond to join him in studio for a wide ranging interview that touched upon everything from her work with brother Donny and to Miley Cyrus’ twerking, to her latest project assisting with efforts to provide food and supplies for emergency use.
However, perhaps the most poignant moment came when the host asked his guest to discuss the death of her son Michael, who took his own life at the age of 18.
On the heels of his interview with Pastor Rick Warren, who also lost a son to suicide, Morgan inquired about the ways in which such a horrific ordeal challenged her spiritually.
“I think it was my faith in God that pulled me through it...there's this thing called agency, free will," explained the mother of eight who struggled publicly with post-partum depression as recounted in her book "Behind the Smile." "If I hadn't gone through post-partum depression and those types of situations, I don't know that I would have understood depression. I don't think anybody does unless they've walked in those shoes.”
Continuing her face to face conversation with the "Piers Morgan Live" host, Osmond shared details of dealing with her personal tragedy while living and working in the public eye.
"It's never easy. You know, we do meet and greets in Vegas. And I swear, every night somebody will come through and say ... 'we're in the same family ... I've lost a son or a daughter ... It's not an easy thing to get through.' But I don't know how people get through it unless they have a strong faith in God.”
Watch the above clip as the music icon delves deeper into her own religious beliefs, suggesting that recovering from a painful life experience requires one to "have that higher accounting.”
As a member of one of the most famous musical families in history of show business, Marie Osmond grew up in the spotlight, making her solo singing debut at the tender age of 12, with her hit “Paper Roses.”
Over a half century in the business – which has included a country singing career, a musical comedy variety show, starring roles on Broadway, a successful stint on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars, "and her own talk show – Marie never stopped working. She's also authored a booked, launched her own product line, and had several successful endorsements, including one for her newest venture, Wise Food Storage.
Reflecting on her own upbringing, and being a mother of eight, Osmond addressed the potential regret of having never experienced a “normal” childhood, and how such experiences may have impacted her own parenting style:
“My reward in life is to have healthy, happy children and, you know, to get through life the best you can,” she told Piers Morgan. “I worked with some of the greatest people in the world. And I watched some of – especially the women I watched, you know, Ethel Merman, Lucille Ball, even, you know, Raquel Welch and Jacqueline Smith and all these women. And I watched how they treated people. I watched their work ethic. I watched what I was told was important, family first.”
Contrasting her upbringing with that of other child celebrities who she feels have lost focus on their priorities later in life, Osmond offered her assessment:
“The problem with celebrity or entitlement sometimes is it becomes their whole life. And I have a life outside my job ... Maybe that's why I'm a female who's been in this business for five decades, is because it is my job and I look at it as always trying to be better, whether it's Broadway or, you know, I've seen many different styles of music. I'm always pushing myself to do something, uh, creatively interesting."
And when her work is done?
"Then I go home. And I cook ... and clean toilets and have children.”
With the government shutdown still affecting the tens of thousands of workers who have been furloughed, on Friday night Piers Morgan interviewed furloughed NASA engineer, Dale Huls, a man who holds a unique position on the issue.
A resident of the state of Texas, Huls does not blame Senator Ted Cruz for the reason he's currently not receiving his wage:
"I was furloughed," he began, "because 97 percent of NASA has been shut down and I'm part of that 97 percent of the 17 percent of the government that has been shut down for this. Senator Cruz just voiced an argument. He did not shutdown the government.”
When asked about Obamacare, Huls firmly inserted his tongue in his cheek:
“When you get taxed to breathe in this country, I think you went a little far.”
As the live interview continued, Huls further clarified his feelings on the stalemate in Washington:
“Do I want the government shutdown? No. I want our government to be working and working effectively and efficiently. However, I do believe that the ObamaCare is not good for America.”
Huls says his position on Obamacare and the government shutdown will not be impacted by his personal work situation. Asked how he would feel in a year if the government remained shut down and he remained disconnected financially from NASA, and Huls said he'd have long moved to plan B by that point:
“If I'm out of work for a year, way before then, I will be taking steps, do what any American would do in hard times," he declared. "I'd pull up bootstraps and I go find out a way to take care of my family.”
The government shutdown has entered its third week, and the looming prospect of default has grown.
On Friday, Piers Morgan asked Congressmen Scott Rigell and David Cilline if parties will be able come up with a fix for this flawed fiscal footing.
“I really believe that we need a better alternative to what I truly believe is the ‘unaffordable care act’. That said, this - you could call it the Cruz strategy - it's led us into the political abyss and led us in to a legislative abyss. It's hurt our country,” said Rigell, a Republican working for Virginia. “We've got to come to a comprehensive agreement that Democrats and Republicans can saddle up with that puts America on a better fiscal path. This must be done.”
Cilline, meanwhile, said that while a series of poor choices have been made by Republicans, he agrees with Rigell in that both parties seem willing to do what it takes to avoid a default:
"I think people realize [ObamaCare] is the law of the land. It's here to stay," said the Rhode Island Democrat. "Let's work and make sure it's working well, improve it where we can, but make sure it works for Rhode Islanders and for people across our country.”