Marie Osmond opens up about being sexually abused as a child and how men repulsed her so much that aged 8 or 9 she thought she was gay

  • Marie Osmond addressed her experience as a sex abuse survivor while discussing Miley Cyrus' controversial comments about being gay 
  • Osmond, 60, said on The Talk she thought she was gay at age 8 or 9 because she was looking at women's bodies and men made her sick 
  • She said she changed her opinion of men after reflecting on her 'great brothers' and 'amazing father'    

Marie Osmond addressed her experiences as a sexual abuse survivor this week, revealing that after she was molested as a young girl, she felt so sickened by men that she thought she was gay. 

Osmond, 60, made the comments on The Talk on Monday while weighing in on Miley Cyrus' controversial Instagram tirade, in which the Wrecking Ball singer talked about her resentment toward men in the wake of her split from Liam Hemsworth.

'When I was about eight or nine, I actually thought I was gay,' Osmond told her co-hosts. 'The reason is because I had been sexually abused to the point that men made me sick. I didn't trust them, I didn't like them.'

Speaking out: Marie Osmond brought up being the victim of sexual abuse as a girl of 8 or 9 while discussing Miley Cyrus on The Talk on Monday 

Osmond, 60, told her co-hosts she felt so sickened by men that she thought she was gay

Osmond, 60, told her co-hosts she felt so sickened by men that she thought she was gay

The raven-haired singer, who has been married three times - twice to the same man - and has eight children, said that she had body image issues as a girl and was fixated on other women's bodies.

'I was looking at women and I thought, "Why am I looking at women? I must be gay." And then I realized - because I'm a thinker - why did God give me all these great brothers and why did He give me this amazing father?' Osmond recalled thinking to herself. 'And truly, that changed my opinion of men, which made me feel that it was something that I was going through.'

Osmond was quick to stress that she was not making a generalization about other people's sexuality, but was referring to her own life and how she viewed herself in the wake of her abuse. 

Osmond has publicly discussed being molested as a child and a teen several times over the years, including in her 2001 book, 'Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression.' 

Osmond has publicly discussed being molested as a child
Photo of Donny & Marie Osmond in 1970

Osmond has publicly discussed being molested as a child and a teen several times over the years (pictured left in 1970, alone and with brother Donny)

She never revealed the identity of her abuser, only saying it was not a family member or a friend, but rather someone who had access to her for a limited time.

Osmond wrote in her biography that the person who molested her had threatened her and her family, leaving her terrified. 

She brought up her experiences as a sexual abuse survivor during a taping of The Talk last month while discussing Demi Moore's claim that her mother sold her for sex when she was 15 yeas old. 

'I know that I judged my mother when I was being sexually abused,' she said. 'As a child. I always thought, "Why did she not see that? How could she not see that?" And it took me being a mother to understand there are things you miss.' 

Backtracking: Cyrus, who came out as bisexual four years ago, has defended herself after the comment attracted criticism during the social media talk on Sunday night

Backtracking: Cyrus, who came out as bisexual four years ago, has defended herself after the comment attracted criticism during the social media talk on Sunday night

Cyrus, 26, sparked outrage when she said in an Instagram Live conversation with her new boyfriend, Cody Simpson, on Sunday: 'You don't have to be gay; there are good people with d***s out there - you’ve just got to find them. You've got to find a d*** that's not a d***, you know.'

Cyrus then added: 'I always thought I had to be gay because I thought all guys were evil, but it's not true. There are good people out there that just happen to have d***s. I've only ever met one, and he's on this Live.'

After facing widespread backlash from the LGBTQ community for implying that being gay was a choice, Cyrus, who came out as bisexual four years ago, backtracked, writing in a tweet on Monday: 'I was talking s**t about sucky guys, but let me be clear, YOU don't CHOOSE your sexuality,' she tweeted. 'You are born as you are. It has always been my priority to protect the LGBTQ community I am a part of.'  

Marie Osmond thought she was gay as a child because of sexual abuse

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