Marie Osmond is riding high after beating the competition on “Dancing with the Stars” last night, and the courageous star says she has no regrets about sharing her family drama – which included a public fall, her father's death and her son's decision to enter rehab – with the world.
“It gave me an opportunity to express my love for my son, who I totally believe in,” she told “Extra” after the show. Last week, 16-year-old Michael decided to seek treatment.
She added, “He's a remarkable young man and I couldn't be more proud to be his mother.”
In nine weeks, Marie has endured plenty of twists and turns on the dance floor.
With her divorce being finalized, a health scare and the tragic loss of her dad, “Dancing” has been the best distraction in the worst of times.
“It's a healthy distraction because you have to put everything aside,” she said. “It releases your endorphins and it feels good.”
“Extra” found out backstage with judge Carrie Ann Inaba that there's a good chance Marie's positive attitude and rousing dancing numbers could win her the title.
“Marie Osmond has got the audience voting for her,” said Carrie Ann. “She's a legend in her own time.”
But someone else may have an edge.
“Actually, I think Helio [Castroneves] is the frontrunner,” she admitted.