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Was the Mormon Closet Responsible for Marie Osmond’s Son Michael Blosil Taking His Own Life?

We were just wondering whether Marie Osmond’s son Michael Blosil, who took his own life last week after jumping from his Los Angeles high-rise, was one of our own. And now the National Enquirer answers our questions.

Whether you needed Queerty commenter John Gagon’s sleuthing (“he attended school at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; blonde highlights; didn’t fit in; total gaybrow) to conclude Blosil was gay, America’s most trusted newspaper asserts as much on its cover. And as Boy Culture quotes, there’s even a “family insider” tying together the sexuality and religion elements: “I think Michael was distraught because he was conflicted over his sexuality and didn’t believe he could ever come out as a gay man to his religious Mormon family,’ said a family insider. At least one of Michael’s uncles was openly hostile to gay people, said the source.”

If the Enquirer‘s report is true, well, how terribly sad for a young man to feel this way. But even if it’s false, the incident still highlights the plight of gay men in Mormon families, faced with coming out and being shunned, or staying in the closet and facing a tortuous mental state.

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