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Marie Osmond Defends Her Decision Not To Leave Her Seven Children Any Inheritance

The music legend says all inheritance does is 'breed laziness and entitlement.'

Marie Osmond
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It is not uncommon for celebrities to have extremely specific instructions on what should be done with their accumulated wealth after they pass.

However, Marie Osmond made the interesting choice to not leave her seven children any inheritance.

Instead, the 63-year-old country singer said she plans to leave her wealth to charity.

"Honestly, why would you enable your child to not try to be something? I don’t know anybody who becomes anything if they’re just handed money.
"To me, the greatest gift you can give your child is a passion to search out who they are inside and to work. I mean, I’ve done so many things from designing dolls and much more."
"I love trying and I wanna try everything. I’m a finisher.”

Osmond is the mother to eight children: Stephen, 39, Rachael, 31, Jessica, 35, Brandon, 26, Brianna, 24, Matthew, 23 and Abigail, 18. Her 18-year-old son Michael died in 2010.

Osmond defended her decision to not leave her seven living children an inheritance by saying money would make them lazy.

"That’s one of my rules with my kids. If you start it, you finish it, you don’t ever have to do it again, but you gotta finish."
"And, I just think all an inheritance does is breed laziness and entitlement."
"I worked hard and I’m gonna spend it all and have fun with my husband."

In another interview Osmond stated by giving your children money, you take away their ability to work.

“I'm not leaving any money to my children. Congratulations, kids. My husband and I decided that."
"...I think you do a great disservice to your children to just hand them a fortune because you take away the one most important gift you can give your children, and that’s the ability to work."

Many people on social media agreed with Osmond.

Others thought Osmond should leave her children money.

There were those who didn't think it was anyone else's business.

Osmond seemed very focused on the "lesson" for her kids.

In the end, only Osmond can decide where her money goes once she has passed.