Rosie O’Donnell’s Daughter says Lesbian was Lousy Mother

Chelsea O’Donnell never ran away from home. Her mother, lesbian TV personality Rosie O’Donnell, reported her missing to the police…but it was all lies. The facts now emerging are that Rosie KICKED HER DAUGHTER OUT two weeks before her eighteenth birthday after a long series of squabbles over just about everything.

And Chelsea now says that her celeb mother, who held herself up as a pioneer of same-sex marriage and “gay” parenting , was a TERRIBLE parent, who left her to be brought up by nannies while she went off smoking dope and having a series of acrimonious break-ups with female partners.

Chelsea claims Rosie kicked her out of the house and that she never ran away. She now lives Barnegat, New Jersey

Chelsea, 18, breaks her silence to reveal how the star locks herself away in her ‘arts and crafts house’ blasting Madonna and smoking weed and left The View because she feared a heart attack from Whoopi

  • Chelsea O’Donnell tells Daily Mail Online in an exclusive interview that she never ran away from home
  • She went to live with her boyfriend after Rosie kicked her out two weeks before her 18th birthday
  • She claims her mom is a ‘phony’ who is a totally different person inside their family home than she is in the public eye
  • Rosie smokes weed and watches documentaries instead of being with her kids – and Chelsea says she was largely raised by nannies
  • Rosie wears tight Spandex shorts and T-shirts around house and likes to sleep late – only doing her make-up if someone else does it for her
  • Chelsea says Rosie told her she was in withdrawal from heroin when she was born 
  • But Chelsea says she checked hospital records and her tests came back clean 
  • Chelsea denies she’s ‘mentally ill’ but reveals her struggle with depression and anxiety since Rosie divorced Kelli Carpenter
  • “I don’t like her (Rosie) touching me”

Chelsea O’Donnell has spoken for the first time about what it was like to grow up as Rosie’s daughter and what really happened in the days she was reported missing by her ‘frantic’ mother last August in an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Online.

The 18-year-old reveals how Rosie’s public persona is ‘phony’ and has little to do with her life behind closed doors.

Behind closed doors: Rosie O'Donnell's adopted daughter says her mom is a ' phony' in public who would put on a happy face, but then ignore her kids at home

She spoke out to disclose what she sees as O’Donnell’s hypocrisy – that when she’s out and about her bubbly and engaging personality is belied by the way she is at home.

Chelsea said: ‘I find her not genuine a lot of the time. When we’d go out, she was a completely different person in public than at home and I had a hard time with that. It’s like two different people.’

She also spoke to deny the star’s public claims – made through O’Donnell’s own social media accounts and apparently to the police – that she had run away from home and instead said Rosie had kicked her out two weeks before her 18th birthday.

O’Donnell also said at the time that Chelsea was mentally ill, a claim which was repeated by a police officer – but Chelsea tells Daily Mail Online: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m mentally ill – I would say lots of people struggle with what I have.’

And she tells how despite Rosie’s public avowal of the importance of family life, she had been largely raised by nannies, and is closer to two of them than to Rosie.

The teen also revealed her heartache at being separated from her brothers and sister when she was 13 to be sent to a boarding school 2,000 miles from home.

Chelsea,18, shared details of life inside Rosie’s mansion in Nyack, New York, why the 53-year-old suddenly left The View last year and what led to the breakdown in her marriages to wives Kelli Carpenter and Michelle Rounds.

In her interview she reveals details of O’Donnell’s life away from the public sphere, including how she likes to lock herself away in an ‘arts and crafts house’ to paint, blast Madonna on the stereo and smoke weed.

Chelsea told Daily Mail Online: ‘I find her not genuine a lot of the time. When we’d go out, she was a completely different person in public than at home and I had a hard time with that. It’s like two different people.

‘I feel she should be her real self, who she really is. She has this public persona; she will put this big smile on her face and try to be funny. She would always go up to people and want to hold their babies in public. She had this happy, friendly side to her.

‘Whereas when we were home, even if it was on the same day, she would either just be in her room, not engaging with us, or watching documentaries.

‘And if we didn’t want to do what she wanted to do, it would cause a big issue.’

The teen revealed to Daily Mail Online what daily life is like in Rosie’s house.

Chelsea said: ‘Our dinners were mostly ordering in pizza or Chinese food because nobody could really cook except for my other mom, Kelli [Carpenter, Rosie’s first ex-partner].

‘Rosie would eat takeout with us and if there were cookies in the house, she would eat them all. She was always coming into our rooms and asking if we had candy.

‘She would drink beer when we were growing up but after her heart attack she couldn’t. Now I think she drinks wine.’ Chelsea added: ‘I mean, she smokes weed – not around us – but the whole house smells like it.’

A happy home? Rosie O'Donnell lives in this Nyack, New York mansion. She bought the house next door and turned it into her 'arts and crafts' studio

Rosie suffered a heart attack in August 2012 which led to her adopting a new diet, her daughter said. ‘She’s had to be healthier since her heart attack. She has a lady who comes in to cook for her now, so she eats a little better. ‘The chef makes her smaller portions of the stuff you are supposed to eat – like protein, vegetables and carbs.

‘She likes to sleep late. Dakota [Rosie’s two-year-old daughter adopted with second partner, Michelle Rounds] sometimes sleeps in her room, so if she wakes up early, she’ll come out and give her to one of us or a nanny and go back to bed.

‘Rosie wears tight Spandex shorts and a T-shirt around house. She doesn’t get dressed and never wears make-up unless someone comes to do it for her.’

Chelsea also spoke about her mom’s hobbies.

‘She has a whole house which is just for her arts and crafts. She bought the next door neighbor’s house. She goes and spends all day down there,’ the teen said.  ‘Rosie does a lot of painting and doodles on these little ‘Munny’ dolls [customizable blank figurines] which she puts her signature on and sells online.

Rosie’s solitary pursuits made it difficult when the children were younger, Chelsea said.

‘Rosie would prefer to stay home and watch her shows and kind of do her thing. But on the weekends, my siblings and I would want to go out. My sister [Vivienne] would want to go to the mall or I’d want to get coffee. Rosie wouldn’t want to drive us but there was always someone there to help.

Chelsea posts a touching caption on this snapchat photo of her with her sister, Vivienne

Chelsea posts a touching caption on this snapchat photo of her with her sister, Vivienne

‘There were other people around the house for different reasons and they would take us places when she really wouldn’t want to be doing it.’

Chelsea said she was ‘pretty much raised by nannies’ which led to her having a closer relationship with a couple of them than Rosie. She says she is strongly attached to two in particular – Geraldine and Tanya [who is now Rosie’s personal assistant].

‘Ger has been there since before I was born,’ Chelsea said. ‘She was there for my older brother, Parker. They [Geraldine and Tanya] have both been a huge part of my life and support.

‘If Rosie was in the city, they would stay at the house. Ger lived five minutes away so she was there whenever. There were other nannies in between but those two were significant to me.’

Chelsea described her early childhood as a happy one. Along with her brothers and sister – Parker, now 20, Blake, 15, and 12-year-old Vivienne – she attended the Green Meadow-Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, about 20 minutes from home.

‘We’d go to school and then I would go home and hang out, mostly by myself because I enjoy my own company, or play with my dogs. My brothers were into playing sports so they would stay back at school for practices and games,’ she said.

‘Rosie would play with us sometimes. When I was 11 and Parker was 13, we were obsessed with Scrabble and she would play with us.

‘She showed affection with my siblings but I don’t like her touching me – but that’s just me. We wouldn’t cuddle up on the couch and watch movies, we would take our own chairs.

‘Around this time, Rosie’s marriage to Kelli Carpenter broke down. The couple started dating in 1999 when Chelsea was a baby and married in San Francisco in 2004 when gay marriage was legalized there. The pair share custody of their four children.

‘They weren’t getting along, they were fighting a lot,’ Chelsea said. ‘They would turn the TV up when we were watching it and go outside and yell at each other.’

‘Since I was 12, I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety. It started when Rosie and Kelli got divorced. It was very upsetting to me and I think I took it harder than the rest of my siblings.

 I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety. It started when Rosie and Kelli got divorced.

‘That’s when everything started to go downhill and I got sent away.’

Around this time, Chelsea said her relationship with Rosie deteriorated.

‘Rosie’s fuse was really short with me and she would yell. For punishment, we were sent to our rooms, no electronics, not being allowed to hang out with friends.

‘She told me I was different from the other kids. At the beginning of the summer when Parker was acting like a jerk and she was yelling at him, she turned to me and said: ‘See, you’re not the problem child anymore.’

Chelsea moved in with Kelli Carpenter at the age of 12. Kelli and Rosie are no longer in contact, Chelsea said. It’s Kelli’s wife Anne who communicates with Rosie via email but only about the children’s schedules.

‘I was really happy there,’ Chelsea said. ‘Kelli had just bought a new house and I got to help her paint it and put together rooms. Anne was there, they had just started dating, and the three of us were always hanging out which was a lot of fun for me.  I didn’t really see Rosie at all at that time. I never felt connected to her and I never really enjoyed being around her.

‘Things were good when I was younger but as I got older, I became more interested in knowing about my birth parents and didn’t really get along with Rosie very well.’

Rosie had shared details of her adoption and birth parents, although Chelsea claims to have recently discovered some of that information was untrue.

‘Rosie told me some things about being adopted when I was younger but she lied to me about the adoption. She said when she got me, I was in withdrawal from heroin because my birth mom had been using when she was pregnant with me.

‘But I recently went to the hospital in Wisconsin where I was born and got my birth records. They showed that right after birth I was a 9 [on the 0-10 Apgar score used to evaluate newborns] and soon afterwards I was a ’10’ baby. There was nothing in my system and my tests came back clean.’

Aged 12, Chelsea went to see a therapist where she learned more about her biological family.

‘The therapist gave me three pictures – of my dad, my birth mom and my half-brother, who is my dad’s son.’

Soon after she turned 13, Chelsea was sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Utah – more than 2,000 miles from New York. She spent three years at the school. The teen was allowed to write letters to her siblings and, depending on her good behavior, was allowed a few phone calls of up to 30 minutes each week.

Chelsea said: ‘The school would help me work through my emotional things or work on my relationships with family because they were not so great at the time. ‘I didn’t really enjoy it. It was really far away, really strict and in the middle of nowhere. The people were great – I’m still in contact with almost all of them.’

But the experience of being separated from her family for so long left her feeling alone.

‘I felt I’d been sent away,’ Chelsea said. ‘She [Rosie] said it was because she wanted to protect me and do what was best but I was 12. I was having a lot of struggles, realizing I like boys and not knowing how to handle those feelings. I may not have gone about it in the best way.’

She added: ‘I resent her for that. That’s four years of my life that were spent sent away to places where I had very limited freedom and I didn’t want to be.

‘I think being sent away has played a huge part in why our relationship is so hard.’

When she graduated from the Utah school at 15, mom Kelli and her wife Anne [Steele], sister Vivienne and brother Blake came to see her graduate.

‘They were the only ones who came out to my graduation. It was really nice, they wrote poems to read after I did my speech.’

 I felt I’d been sent away. She said it was because she wanted to protect me and do what was best but I was 12.

Chelsea then moved to Massachusetts to attend a school with a similar program.

‘It was similar to the school in Utah but a lot smaller. I could go home every couple of weekends because it was only a bus ride away.

‘Things were ok with Rosie at this point. The fact that I wasn’t living there made it easier to get along with her.’

She said that she has always felt like an outsider in Rosie’s family.

‘My little brother Blake always wanted to go to movies with Rosie on Saturday mornings. And my sister Vivienne, she’s super bubbly and into acting and that’s Rosie’s whole thing. Rosie is so happy that Vivvy is into acting, she’s always in plays, and it’s nice.

‘And baby Dakota, she’s two, everybody loves her. I think that they have things in common with Rosie which makes it easier to get along with her.’

The 18-year-old says she loves her brothers and sisters and misses them.

‘When we were younger, we would argue over silly things, just to be difficult. But as we’ve gotten older our relationships have grown and I’d say my little sister is one of my best friends. We’re really close.’

Chelsea moved back into Rosie’s home last year when she was 17.

The teen said that life was fairly mundane. ‘There wasn’t a lot of people coming and going,’ Chelsea said. ‘No famous people, no big parties. We would stay home and watch movies.

‘Rosie would have friends over. Her two close friends from growing up would come over a lot.’

However the past year has been a turbulent one for the family, with Rosie leaving The View and the breakdown of her three-year marriage to Michelle Rounds.

Michelle, 43, and Rosie married in 2012 and adopted a baby girl, Dakota, in January 2013.

‘Michelle and I weren’t very close,’ Chelsea said. ‘Occasionally we would go out for coffee. For the most part she would stay in her room at Rosie’s house and we wouldn’t see her at all.

‘She was the one who pushed to adopt my baby sister Dakota. I said to Rosie that I wished she and Michelle would parent Dakota 100 per cent.

‘I would have liked to have my parents more in the picture raising me instead of nannies – although my nannies are great people.’

Chelsea said Rosie and Michelle’s relationship reached breaking point at Thanksgiving last year.

‘Rosie and Michelle went away for Thanksgiving with Michelle’s family. Me and my siblings were at my grandparents’ house with Kelli and Anne.

‘Michelle was on a lot of medication. Rosie thought she was misusing her medication, she was sleeping all day, every day.’

In August 2012, Rosie had shared on her blog that Michelle had been diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare, cancer-like illness and had undergone surgery two months earlier.

Chelsea said: ‘According to Rosie, on the Thanksgiving trip [in 2014], Michelle had said horrible things about me and my siblings. Michelle and her family got up and left Rosie alone in the Florida house in the middle of the night. I guess that was the final straw.

‘Rosie told Michelle she needed to move out by a certain day before me and my siblings got home. When we got back, she was gone.’

Rosie also appeared to be stressed out by her return to The View, her daughter said. She had left the show in 2007 but returned to her daytime stint in late 2014 as a co-host alongside Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace with Whoopi Goldberg as moderator.

O’Donnell announced her decision to leave in February 2015, citing personal health reasons.

‘She and Whoopi really didn’t get along and she’d come home every day and talk about how she was stoned on set and she was being really mean to her,’ Chelsea said.

‘Rosie said ‘I’ve already had a heart attack, I don’t need this much stress.’

Since leaving the show, and filing for divorce against Michelle Rounds in February, Rosie has found a new romantic interest in Tatum O’Neal.

Rosie was recently spotted on a romantic break with the Oscar winner at her West Palm Beach vacation home. Tatum posted at the time: ‘#vacations my wife and I woo woo!!!’

Chelsea said: ‘I mean I know now, I guess Rosie’s friends with Tatum. They would FaceTime a lot. I met her once, at the beginning of August, around the time I was getting kicked out of the house.’

The teen said she had been kicked out of the house by Rosie on August 11 – two weeks before her 18th birthday – and denied her mom’s widely-circulated social media accounts that she had run away and was mentally ill.

Local police repeated that version of events when they appealed for help to find Chelsea.

‘She told me to leave and take my dog,’ Chelsea said.

Chelsea said there were no major bust-ups at home before she was kicked out but that Rosie was aware she wanted to move out when she turned 18.

 Rosie said that I was almost 18, and she got all this crap from work, and she didn’t want to have to deal with that at home too.

‘Rosie knew I was planning to leave, that’s why I think she kicked me out.

‘She asked me to talk about what was going on and I didn’t want to. So she asked for my phone and my computer. This was hours before she told me to leave.

‘I gave them to her. A few hours later, she told me to leave. I wasn’t planning to go until I turned 18 on the 24th.

‘Rosie said that I was almost 18, and she got all this crap from work, and she didn’t want to have to deal with that at home too.’

A week later, on August 18, Rosie made pleas on social media for her daughter’s safe return. She posted on Facebook: ‘MISSING – my daughter Chelsea and her dog Bear – last seen in nyack ny – may be in NYC.’

In a separate statement, Rosie said the 17-year-old had vanished with her six-month-old therapy dog called Bear. She wrote that her daughter had stopped taking medication for an undisclosed mental illness, adding she was ‘in need of medical attention’.

YGB says:- It’s Rosie who is in need of psychiatric treatment. Like most lesbians, she is a crackpot. It’s clear she has been a lousy mother, totally selfish, who left her child in the care of nannies so she could spend time taking drugs, pursuing a never-ending succession of  new partners, and showing off as an LGBT celeb on TV.  Rosie is a liar, a junkie, a phoney and quite incapable of having any lasting or committed relationships.  She subjected this child to a series of stepmothers and stormy break-ups, and sent her to a “therapeutic school” when it was not her who needed the therapy.  

And she finally kicked her out of the grand mansion when she was only seventeen.  Then sobbed all the way to the PR agency. 

Don’t believe the myth of “gay” marriage. Homosexuals make lousy parents and Rosie’s lesbian lifestyle was never a real family or a suitable place to bring up a child. 

YGB wishes Chelsea well for the future and hopes that she finds all the love and security her phoney lesbian adoptive “mother” could not give her.

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