Marie Osmond says her fainting was caused by allergies and the fires, not her dress

Marie Osmond fainted during Monday’s live Dancing with the Stars 5 performance show because of her allergies and the fires in southern California, she guesses.

“The air quality is really bad and I have allergies really bad so maybe that was it. I am a singer. I don’t know why I should have been winded. We have done it six, seven times in a row no problem,” she told Access Hollywood.

She also said that her weight loss has nothing to do with her fainting. “Absolutely not! Honestly, I have never felt better in my life. I am in better shape than I ever have been and there has been so many things going, it is so funny how rumors start. No diet pills,” she said. However, she admitted she’s been under stress due to her divorce. “I am going through a lot right now. I am divorced, but there are still things that aren’t finished, but everybody is under a lot of stress.”

She also insists that, despite viewer speculation, her dress was not too tight. “Honey, there’s no corseting going on here. Are you kidding?” she told TV Guide. “And of all the outfits, I had to faint in the shortest one.”

She adds that the incident was “so embarrassing” but that she’s “been so overwhelmed by all the responses. It’s so touching.”

Marie Osmond blames fainting on SoCal fires [Access Hollywood]
Backstage at Dancing with the Stars: The Marie Incident, Day 2 [TV Guide]

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