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Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter Chelsea says she doesn’t love her famous mom and can’t forgive her

Rosie O’Donnell’s estranged teen daughter has again gone public over her falling out with her famous parent.

‘Some of things that have happened in the last few months I can’t get over or forgive her for – kicking me out of the house, putting it out that I’m mentally unstable,’ Chelsea O’Donnell tells Inside Edition in an interview to air Monday.

O’Donnell took to social media over the summer to report the girl missing and that Chelsea had stopped taking medication for an undisclosed mental illness.

‘I care about her and I hope she’s doing well, but love is a really big word and I wouldn’t really use that,’ says the daughter who recently turned 18.

But Chelsea is not letting her birth mother, Deanna Micoley, off the hook either. After leaving O’Donnell’s home in New York last month, the teen stayed with Micoley in Wisconsin but left after only six days.

‘I was hoping it would have been more of a motherly relationship she would have wanted, not a friend,’ Chelsea says.

The teen also disputes Micoley’s claim that she was forced to sign Chelsea’s adoption papers.

‘I know that isn’t true,’ she says. ‘I have papers that she signed her rights away with the signature. She knew what she was doing. I wasn’t stolen from her.’

Chelsea says she’s now living with friends in New York and hopes to finish high school and go on to college.

As for Rosie, she took to Twitter calling out Chelsea for giving another interview. The comic, actress and talk show host tweeted a screenshot of Chelsea’s recent plea stating in part: ‘I have asked to not be brought into any Rosie drama and I don’t want to hear anything about her.’

Wrote Rosie: ’18 years ago tomorrow – i met my daughter for the first time … a plea 10 days ago …now a photo shoot #choice.’

In an interview with Daily Mail Online earlier this month, Chelsea portrayed Rosie as a distant mother who can’t cook, smokes pot, has a short fuse and delegates a lot of her parental duties up to nannies.

‘I never felt connected to her and I never really enjoyed being around her,’ she said.

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9 Remarks

  1. You know, if I had a parent that disclosed to the public that I was mentally ill whether true or not, I’d be pretty pissed off too.

  2. Sorry, but Rosie is a nightmare and was probably no picnic as a mother.

  3. Sadly, Chelsea’s tale will set back the issue of gay couples having children a decade or two. Her tales will no doubt give more fodder to the far right. Rosie is a train wreck.

  4. I don’t think this picture of these two was forced in anyway. I don’t think Rosie was pinching her to smile in this photo.
    She is an older girl in this photo (above) and not a little girl that had to pose because she looks of age to decline and just pout in some corner for awhile, if she wanted too.
    It hit Chelsea recently that she could jump on the anti-Rosie wagon that has been going on for some time now. Some one whispered in Chelsea ear that she could make a buck for herself with interviews and articles bashing her Mom to pieces, which she is doing well.
    What is coming next is the new ‘Mommie Dearest’ that someone is whispering in her ear to write and embellish to no avail.
    I don’t want to call out the older boyfriend or friends looking to strike it rich but I see this happening sometime before the new year rolls around.
    People really love to bash Rosie and even when her show was on TV and one of the biggest show of that era, still folks had it in for her.
    I pray that some of the elite Hollywood Lesbians look out for Rosie in her time of troubles.
    Possibly the Queen of Hollywood: Oprah can jump in here and help Rosie out with an interview that is going to rock everyone’s socks.
    Maybe have the Chelsea and Rosie on Iyanla “Fix My Life” and try to mend some of their brokenness.
    Then Rosie can jump on ‘The Ellen D. Show’ and do something where the world remembers just how talented, funny and spontaneous Rosie was and still is.
    I love Ellen so much but in my head, heart and mind I know without Rosie, there wouldn’t be Ellen on TV with a show that is just pure fun, laughter and heart all rolled up with entertainment at it’s best. If Rosie wouldn’t have adopted this girl, she might not have been so fortunate as she is to have experienced what she considers to be ‘hard times’. She could have been left in the system and really abused but she was whisked into a condo or mansion with every luxury that other kids looking to be adopted would have literally killed for. I don’t want to discredit anything that Chelsea had mentioned about Rosie and possibly Rosie wasn’t easy as a parent but to be this ungrateful doesn’t seem like the answer. Rosie has really taken a beaten in the last couple of years and it’s time for folks to ease up on her because she isn’t Wonder Woman, she is only human made of flesh and bones and has and will make mistakes…….

  5. Without knowing the real circumstances my gut feel is that Rosie is one of those people (gay OR straight) that have kids because they THINK they should want them – but they don’t really want kids at all. Rosie strikes me as not the motherly kind at all, and very cold and distant, so what the kid is saying rings true, sorry.

  6. @Jimmy-You can’t know that because you didn’t live in that house with them.

  7. I doubt Rosie would win mother of the year, but in all fairness her son Parker who’s in the military seems like a well adjusted intelligent young man and appears to maintain a positive relationship with his mother. At least that’s what I’ve read.

  8. @Brian-I feel just the opposite. Rosie had always been at the forefront of child advocacy. Let’s remember she exited the closet in order to help a foster child whom the state of FL was threatening to remove from the only family he knew because his parents were gay men. I would hardly call that cold or distant.

  9. @Paul-I think you’re being a wee bit dramatic. There are millions of children being raised beautifully by gay parents, Rosie included. Her other children are grounded and have no issues besides the usual teenage ones. One difficult, emotionally lost child at the moment does not negate everything.

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