The child star’s curse is ‘really hard to break’

Donny Osmond has lived his life in front of the camera, trying to avoid the child star curse for years.

While the 64-year-old entertainer started in Hollywood at the age of 5, he’s tried to stay scandal-free over the decades.

Osmond cited his repeated obsession with constantly reinventing himself as the key to staying out of the headlines.

“It’s a curse when you make it big as a little kid because everyone wants to keep you in that box,” the Osmonds member recently told Fox News.

“And it’s really difficult to break out of. Some have managed to do this successfully. Check out Justin Bieber. He did a great job. However, he didn’t go through it easily either. He’s had some tough times breaking that image.”

The former ‘Pyramid’ host said patience was the key to making it happen for yourself.

“I decided a long time ago that I’m not going to do it with scandals, tricks or publicity campaigns,” he said. “I wanted to do it with my music, which is a really difficult path. But it happened. And it took me 10 years. But I wanted the music to speak for itself.”

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Donny and Marie Osmond pictured in 1975.
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“It’s very difficult to break out of this teenybopper career. But thank God it happened through perseverance and a lot of support from my fan base. But it takes a lot of work to be accepted as an adult,” Osmond said.

The “Eyes Don’t Lie” singer has sold over 100 million albums during his career and is currently on a solo residency in Las Vegas.

“I’ve gone through so many incarnations,” Osmond remarked. “And every time one of those incarnations ended, you started all over again. I had to keep reinventing myself. We all start over many times in our lives.”

From 1976, the teenage idol presented the variety show “Donny & Marie” together with his sister Marie Osmond, now 62.

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“It’s a curse when you make it big as a little kid because everyone wants to keep you in that box,” Osmond said.
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When the show ended three years later, the “Puppy Love” hit singer feared his fans were disappearing. When he turned 21, he was told by the industry that he was a “has-bee.”

He declared that when he first heard the word he would not accept it. “I will definitely not accept that. I’m going to fight so hard to get back in business,'” he said.

Osmond added, “The truth is, without trying to sound cliche, I love what I do. I love being on stage. I love to sing and entertain. Yes, for me it’s a job and I work hard at it, but there’s something about the magic of show business.”

“Something about that curtain goes up, the lights hit you, the band plays and the fans cheer. But I also want to rebuild my path,” said the Dancing With the Stars champion. “People will always give you advice on how to do things, and not all of it is good. That’s why it was so important for me to stick to what I really believe in.”

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