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‘Would have chosen death’ Donny Osmond thought he was ‘going crazy’ amid health battle

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BBC Radio 4.Donny has revealed he once faced crippling anxiety while appearing on stage in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.His lead role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical revived the pop star's career in a time where it was facing a bit of a lull, but the former teen pop sensation admitted there were difficulties behind the scenes.Donny, who has been famous since childhood, confessed he feared his career would be over if he did not deliver an outstanding performance.

He shared he had been experiencing panic attacks and stage fright, as he was riddled with worries that he wouldn’t be good enough in the critically-acclaimed production. "I didn't want my career to fail again," he said. "I had to be perfect. “If I didn't give a perfect performance people would walk out of the theatre saying 'it wasn’t worth the price.'"Donny previously shared his experiences of anxiety, saying: "There are times I remember before I walked on stage where if I had the choice of walking on stage or dying, I would have chosen death."Of his panic attacks, the star said: "I thought I was actually going crazy in my mind."I remember shaking in bed, and I just… I couldn't get out of bed.Something was wrong, and my wife took me to the hospital.""I felt like he was having a nervous breakdown,” his wife Debbie Osmond said.

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