She thought she never wanted to be married again after her second divorce, but God had other plans.
It is not easy to forget the love of our lives even if we have differences with them. There are couples, who come together and are separated only so they can learn new things before coming back to each other. Sometimes, we may not be ready for our life partner at a certain stage in life but with age, we grow and then find our way back. There are a few lucky people who get to experience this.
Marie Osmond, 61, and her husband Steve Craig ended up marrying each other twice over the course of their lives. She met the former pro-basketball player when she was a teenager and she was only 22 when she married him for the first time in June 1982. They welcomed their first child, Stephen James Craig, less than a year later.
However, their marriage didn't last and they filed for divorce in 1985. After going their separate ways, Osmond fell for music producer Brian Blosil, whom she married in October 1986, according to GoodHousekeeping. They welcomed seven children together, including five adopted kids. Unfortunately, even after spending years together, the relationship came to an end in March 2007, when they announced they were getting a divorce. Soon after, she reconnected with her ex.
A heartbroken Osmond told People that initially after the divorce, she "never wanted to be married again." But, God had other plans for her, since she reconnected with her first ex-husband through their son. For the first two years of them dating again, she didn't tell anyone about it.
"I didn't want anybody to get hurt, you know, if it didn't work out. And gosh, it just worked out," she said on Good Morning America in 2011, according to ABC News. They tied the knot again 26 years after their divorce.
"I think I’m crazy and he tolerates me," the 61-year-old joked to Fox News. "But seriously, it’s the greatest thing in the world. I think you learn what’s important. You learn to let go. We wanted to move forward, communicate better, and fix the areas [in our relationship] that needed fixing."
The Donny & Marie star revealed that they chose to get married because of their son. "Stephen was getting married and we [realized] we can’t go to our son’s wedding and not be married," she told People. "So we got married a few months before he did. He joked that he never thought it would happen, but it did!"
She even paid homage to their first wedding by wearing the same dress. "The thing about a second marriage is that you realize things you thought were so important, aren’t,” she told the outlet. “I love being with my husband. He is the sweetest man I know. He lives to serve and really listens to people’s needs."
The Talk co-host believes that everything happens for a reason. "Nothing is an accident," she told People. "I am a spiritual person. So [I believe] God has his timing," she added.
She believes that marrying him is "the greatest thing in the world." She told Fox News, "He’s my best friend. We love to just do nothing together. We have fun just being together. He loves me for me and I love him for him. And he makes me laugh. I think those 26 years apart, God brought a miracle into both of our lives. And it’s been incredible since then. I’m very, very blessed."
Not everyone is so lucky to reconnect with an ex-flame and get a second chance to make it work with the love of their life. Sometimes, the pain and hurt within us makes us push the people we love away, and only a few get the chance to heal and welcome back the lost love.
As empty-nesters now, they're spending more time together. "I have the Harley and he has the Honda," she laughed. "I’ve actually had a motorcycle license since I was 16. I couldn’t really enjoy it because I was always busy with work and you have to worry about insurance [as a performer]. And then when you have kids you’re like, ‘I can’t do that because I have children.’ But now, it’s gotten to the point where I said, ‘Gosh, I’m going to do it before I can’t!’ So, I got me a Harley," she said.
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