The world first heard about Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter, Chelsea, when Rosie sought the public’s help in finding her last August. Now, Chelsea O’Donnell finally speaks out about the time she allegedly went missing and also sheds new light on her famous mother.
In an interview she gave to the Daily Mail, Chelsea debunked rumors that she ran away and claimed that contrary to what Rosie had posted on social media, the comedienne actually kicked her out of the house.
— Vulture (@vulture) October 8, 2015
Chelsea said there were no big fights or issues between her and her mom during that time, but said Rosie knew she was planning to move out when she turned 18. On the day in question – August 11 – Chelsea said her mother asked her to tell her what was going on but she refused to talk. Rosie then asked for her phone and computer and a few hours later, told her to leave.
Chelsea, who was 17 at the time, said she wasn’t planning on leaving until the 24th, 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,” Chelsea claimed. She said she went to New Jersey where her boyfriend, Steve Sheerer, lives and was staying with him when a week later, Rosie O’Donnell took to social media for help in locating her daughter.
The View alum had posted on Facebook about her missing daughter who allegedly vanished with her therapy dog, Bear. The two tweets have since been taken down by Rosie. The following day, Rosie announced on Twitter that Chelsea had been found.
chelsea has been found and is safe in police custody – thank u all for the help and light #missingchildren
— Rosie (@Rosie) August 18, 2015
A spokeswoman for the TV personality also said that “Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness.”
Rosie revealing on social media that she was mentally ill and needed medication was “really hurtful” to the 18-year-old Chelsea, who clarified that she had depression and suffered from anxiety attacks.
“I wouldn’t say I’m mentally ill – I would say lots of people struggle with what I have,” she explained.
Chelsea also mentioned in the Daily Mail interview that her depression started when Rosie O’Donnell and her wife Kelli Carpenter divorced. Chelsea was 12 at the time, and said she was probably more affected by it than her siblings.
As for the reunion with her mother, Chelsea said that when the police returned her to Rosie’s house, the celebrity blogger already had two of her bags packed with clothes.
“Literally ten minutes after the police dropped me off at the house, I got in a car and went to a friend’s house,” revealed Chelsea.
Chelsea said she doesn’t know why Rosie O’Donnell had to claim that she was missing but says it might be because people were asking about her and she didn’t want to appear like a bad mother.
The young O’Donnell described her childhood as a happy one but admits that that slowly changed as she grew older. She also admitted to struggling with her relationship with her mother and says it was because Rosie is like “two different people,” whose public persona is vastly different from the private one.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 7, 2015
“She would always go up to people and want to hold their babies in public. She had this happy, friendly side to her,” described Chelsea. “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.”
The Rosie O’Donnell that Chelsea described in her lengthy interview was one who was “smoking weed” and who would always be looking for candy. Chelsea also described her as always listening to Madonna and preferring to stay in her “arts and crafts” house rather than interact with her children. Rosie O’Donnell has since reacted to her daughter’s tell-all. Via a representative, the star said the interview was “heartbreaking on every level.” She also tweeted about leaving the social media platform for good.
[Images via Rosie O’ Donnell Google+]