You know the old expression, “I laughed so hard that I…?” Many people can relate to the expression but in reality nobody talks much about stress incontinence in polite society. Howeve, if you do experience stress incontinence (or are caring for someone who does), you probably can’t help thinking about it, and can’t help hoping it doesn’t strike at an inopportune moment. It doesn’t get more inopportune than while you’re performing onstage before an audience of hundreds, as recently happened to singer Marie Osmond.
The 52-year-old let out a noticeable puddle during the farewell night of the Donny & Marie Cruise, which transports fans from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to the Bahama after an audience member’s question had both her and her brother, Donny, laughing hysterically.
Osmond was, as usual, performing with her brother, former pop star Donny Osmond of the Osmond Brothers. We don’t know what made her laugh so hard, but Marie erupted into such a fit of laughter that couldn’t control herself. .
Osmond wasn’t ashamed. Instead, she exclaimed, “I just peed my pants!” and wiped the stage where her little accident took place.
Leaking when you laugh or sneeze isn’t normal, of course. But it’s common, laughter is one of the top 10 bladder triggers. Among the causes for urinary incontinence in older women is a history of childbirth. (Osmond’s a mom of eight, although five, including her late son, Michael, were adopted.) Menopause is another risk factor.
How did the singer react to her mortifying “oops” moment? She went on with the show! At least at first, she tried to “slyly” mop the accident with her top, but as it became obvious what had happened, someone brought out a towel — and her brother doubled over with laughter before consoling her.
Although embarrassed, Marie reportedly laughed, too: “She ‘embraced it,” said Donny. “It’s so important to be yourself.”