Donny Osmond is sharing memories of a whirlwind week he had with Michael Jackson nearly 50 years ago. The Donny & Marie star took to Instagram to reminisce about what went down when his family ended up at the same hotel as the Jackson family during a 1972 tour to England.
Osmond posted a throwback photo of him and his brothers to the social media site. In the photo, the six Osmond Brothers are posing after landing at Heathrow International Airport in London. A wall of balcony gives a glimpse of the thousands of fans who showed up at the airport to see the singing brothers’ arrival.
In the caption to the photo, Osmond wrote that his brothers weren’t the only family of pop singers in England at the time.
The “Puppy Love” singer revealed that when his family checked in to the Churchill Hotel in London they found out that the Jackson family was also staying there. Osmond dished that things got a little rowdy as the Osmond Brothers and the Jackson 5 hung out together and played football in the hotel’s hallways, which resulted in some broken chandeliers.
Osmond also shared a story of some nighttime fun he had with Jackson as crowds of fans cheered the teen idols’ names from the streets outside of the hotel. Osmond revealed that he and Jackson flipped their hotel room lights on and off as frantic fans screamed “Michael!” and “Donny!”
Osmond asked fans to share memories they had of that particular tour, and many responded that they remembered his family’s arrival at the airport and their stay at the hotel very clearly.
“Oh such memories! Screaming your name like you could actually hear!” wrote one fan.
“Yes I was there,” chimed in another fan. “I watched you and Michael switching the lights on and off at The Churchill Hotel. I even have a photo of it.”
“I love that memory. You and Michael were my favorites at that time. I was 13,” another added.
“You and Michael are my biggest inspirations, thank you for being a true friend to him,” a fourth fan wrote to Osmond.
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This same week in 1972 our family took our first tour to England. After arriving to an incredibly warm and exuberant welcome at #Heathrow, we stayed at the Churchill Hotel in #London. The Jackson family happened to be staying at the same hotel too. We played football with the Jackson boys in the hotel’s halls… and even broke some chandeliers in the process. ???? At night when it grew dark outside, #michaeljackson and I would tease our fans while they were chanting our names on the street below. Michael would turn on and off his room light, and the fans would scream, "Michael!" Then I would do the same, and they would scream, "Donny!" Mike and I laughed about that for years. As luck would have it, a speaking engagement took me back to #England this week. I couldn’t help but think of our first tour to the #UK and my priceless memories of that visit. Over the last few days, some of you have shared memories of that tour with me in person. I love hearing your stories. If you were in the UK during that tour, please share more of your memories in comments below. #WBW #TheOsmonds #uktour
Osmond and Jackson were close friends throughout their childhoods after bonding over their shared fandom. While Jackson continues to make headlines 10 years after his death amid the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary, Osmond prefers to reflect on the happier times he shared with his late friend.
In a previous interview with the Huffington Post, Osmond revealed that as teens, he and Jackson would talk about the silly subjects of their hit early-’70s songs, “Puppy Love” (Osmond) and “Ben” (Jackson).
“I will never forget, we stayed up to like two in the morning, laughing about the fact that I had a hit about a puppy and he had a hit about a rat,” Osmond said.