Marie Osmond opened up on “The Talk” on Monday about how being sexually abused as a child caused her to question her sexuality.
While the co-hosts were discussing Miley Cyrus’ recent comments about her ill feelings towards men, Osmond, 60, spoke out about the similar thoughts she had as a child.
“When I was about eight or nine, I actually thought I was gay,” Osmond, 60, said. “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.”
Marie Osmond said she remembers having body image issues and constantly looking at 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 said. “And truly, the changed my opinion of men, which made me feel that it was something that I was going through.”
Cyrus’s remarks came during an Instagram Live with her boyfriend, Cody Simpson. The singers were talking about how they always liked each other, but that their timing to be together was usually off.
“Guys, I was being a little too, like… hard-core feminist vibes and, just like, I don’t know, not allowing anyone in, but now I am,” Cyrus, 26, said. “There are good men out there, guys. Don’t give up. You don’t have to be gay. There are good people with dicks out there. You just gotta find them. You gotta find a dick that’s not a dick, you know what I mean?”
She added, “I always thought I had to be gay because I just thought, like, all guys were evil, but it’s not true. There are good people out there that just happen to have dicks. I’ve only ever met one… and he’s on this Live.”