Back when cassette tapes were all the rage and kids were dying for Tiger Beat to show up on their doorstep, Donny Osmand was the teen heartthrob. His white toothy grin and healthy good looks were on many a bedroom wall. Donny rose to fame in a band with four of his brothers, The Osmonds. In their heyday, the upbeat family group was huge, rivaling The Jackson 5 in fame and popularity. Per All Music, the Osmonds racked up four top-five singles and five gold albums back when people still referred to the charts as “the hit parade.”
Unlike many pop stars, the Utah-born boys were devout Mormons and even released a concept album about their religion in 1973. Her religious journey involved no sex, drugs, or rock ‘n’ roll, let alone tea, coffee, and cigarettes. The Osmonds eschewed counterculture in favor of church culture—it’s safe to say they weren’t Rolling Stones.
Despite Donny and Marie Osmond’s Mormon beliefs, they found they loved Las Vegas. In 2008, the siblings received an 11-year residency at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino. In 1976, Donny and his sister Marie began co-hosting the ABC variety show Donny & Marie, which propelled them to a new plane of fame. In 1978, when his star was rising, Donny said “I do” to the woman who would support him throughout his career, via Closer Weekly. So who was the lucky lady? Here’s the truth about Donny Osmond’s wife.
Donny Osmond snatched his wife from his brother
It was a case of canine love for Donny Osmond when he saw Debra Glenn. He was a superstar, albeit a 16-year-old superstar, and she was sweet 15. Unfortunately, however, the schoolgirl was already taken – by his big brother. “I first met Debbie when she was 15 years old. She was the hottest cheerleader in town, and she dated my brother Jay before she dated me. It took a full three years to win her heart and convince her to marry me,” Donny shared on Facebook.
Due to Donny’s “teen idol” image, they had to date at rock bottom until cupid struck. “By the time I was 19 I knew I was in love and had to do something right for me,” Donny told The Guardian. “When I told my dad, he said, ‘Well, that’s where your career goes.’ The bride beamed in a white gown and flowing veil when they wed in 1978. While Donny seriously rocked a blue-trimmed black velvet tuxedo and purple socks.
He explained the unusual choice of socks on his Insta. Donny said all nine Osmond children wore purple socks to lighten their mother’s laundry load. “[They became] sort of a good luck charm in my teenage years,” he wrote. “Of course, I thought [it appropriate to wear] her to our wedding.” He said Debbie supported him — just as she did through the most difficult times in Donny’s life.
Donny Osmond’s wife is his rock and the love of his life
Donny Osmond’s wife was always there for him through good times and bad. Debbie Osmond is the singer’s partner alongside the mother of her 5 sons and grandmother of 12. She helped him get through all the traumatic times in his life. Debbie was a rock when Donny’s nephew died at age 33, and she helped care for him through his horrific medical ordeal. Per The Daily Mirror, Donny injured his spine while competing in “Dancing With the Stars.” He underwent surgery but suffered complications that left Donny temporarily paralyzed. For a while he thought he would never walk again. Luckily, after a nightmarish year of physical therapy and treatments, he was back on his feet.
Donny also credited his wife for helping him through crippling anxiety attacks and admitted that she saved his life. “Debbie has brought stability to my life,” Donny told People. “She keeps my feet on the ground.” A quick scroll through Donny’s Insta-Feed leaves no doubt about his feelings for Debbie.
He regularly posts cute pictures, videos of the two and loving tributes. Every year Donny writes something heartfelt and touching for her wedding anniversary. “I love Debbie more every day,” he posted in 2020. Donny announced that he would be creating a song specifically for Debbie. “It’s really beautiful, just like her,” he wrote. “Happy 42nd #Anniversary to the woman who inspires me every day.”