Rosie O’Donnell has amicably settled her divorce from Michelle Rounds, and reports have surfaced that the comedian left The View earlier this year to deal with family issues related to her daughter, Chelsea, reports Page Six.
In a New York court room, O’Donnell and Rounds agreed to share custody of their 2-year-old adopted daughter, Dakota. Rounds had previously filed for sole-custody, according to People.
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“There’s peace in the Middle East,” O’Donnell joked to reporters, who naturally flooded the Manhattan Supreme Court as Rosie stepped out of the negotiation.
O’Donnell said her settlement was “done” and “[w]e’re both very happy with the outcome,” reports Page Six.
Michelle’s lawyer, William London, confirmed that Rosie and her ex-wife agreed to “joint legal custody” of Dakota, according to Page Six. The agreement comes just a month after Rounds was hospitalized for a reported suicide attempt after overdosing, reports People. During the negotiation, Michelle’s lawyer was overheard telling her “[d]on’t ask for the world. Be reasonable,” reports the Post.
Rounds told reporters that she feels “great.” O’Donnell and Michelle got married in June 2012 in a private ceremony at their Nyack, New York, home, reports Page Six, but ended it with Rosie in November 2014.
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Rosie also got personal about her family life during a stand-up gig in Manhattan, according to E! News. Rosie acknowledged that her daughter “has been in the news” but highlighted that Chelsea’s problems are “not news to the family,” reports Page Six. According to Rosie, it’s “been a decade-long” fight with Chelsea’s depression and behavior.
During her show, O’Donnell also confirmed that Chelsea has left home, telling the audience that “[a]s Mom, my wish is for love and peace and wait until it’s done.”
A source revealed to Page Six that the real reason Rosie left The View is “because of Chelsea” and the teen’s mental issues — not just her divorce and “personal family issues,” as O’Donnell originally said.
According to Page Six, Chelsea “had been going to a special school” but hated it, and she told Rosie O’Donnell that she “refused to go back.” The source revealed that Chelsea “wanted to stay home and go to school here,” and “Rosie had to make a decision” whether to continue with The View or commit to her family.
When O’Donnell left The View earlier this year, her rep, Cindi Berger, confirmed that “Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention.” Through her rep, Rosie confessed that her divorce “has been a very stressful situation” and O’Donnell needed to put “her personal health and family first.”
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Chelsea recently slammed her mother publicly in an interview with the Daily Mail, revealing that she’s not mentally ill and confessing that “[p]utting out there that I am mentally ill was really hurtful.”
Chelsea also revealed that Rosie is “a phony” who acts differently when out of the media limelight and that her mother is the real reason she left home, according to the Daily Mail.
During her Manhattan show, however, Rosie told a different story, explaining that “Chelsea just turned 18. For adopted children 18 is a magic number,” reports E! Online. O’Donnell indicated that leaving home is just her daughter’s way to “rebel” and is looking to get attention any way possible.
While her daughter’s behavior has been going on for a “decade,” according to Rosie, the actress knows “about mental illness – I have my own.” According to E! Online, Rosie struggled with depression since she was 20-years-old and currently takes antidepressants.
For years, however, Rosie thought “mental illness was failure of my character, not my chemistry.”
O’Donnell also confessed during the show that she keeps “thinking I see Chelsea,” admitting that when “your kid isn’t there you see them everywhere.” But according to Rosie, “[w]hat choice do you have but to get through?” since she has “four other kids.”
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