Chelsea does not love Rosie O’Donnell, the 18-year-old admitted in a frank interview with Inside Edition. According to Chelsea O’Donnell, “love is a big word and I wouldn’t really use that” to describe her relationship with O’Donnell.
In the interview, the teenager opened up about her relationship with Rosie O’Donnell and where things stand with her now.
Chelsea and Rosie O’Donnell made headlines last summer when their now-famous feud exploded after Rosie called her daughter “mentally ill” when the teen suddenly disappeared from the O’Donnell home in Nyack, New York. Rosie O’Donnell asked the public for help in locating the runaway.
Rosie made things worse after informing fans at a Manhattan stand-up gig that Chelsea’s problems are “not news to the family.” According to Rosie, it has “been a decade long” battle with her daughter.
In her interview with Inside Edition, the teen repeated that she did not leave the O’Donnell home willingly. Instead, in a preview for the television show, the teen says Rosie was upset after Chelsea refused to talk about what was going on in her life.
Rosie told her daughter “she was getting all that stuff at work and didn’t need it at home.” O’Donnell then ordered her daughter to leave and “take my dog and ‘have a nice life.'”
In other interviews, Chelsea confessed that Rosie “told me to leave and take my dog,” according to Page Six.
Rosie also told the world that her daughter is “mentally ill,” a claim that Chelsea O’Donnell adamantly denies. “I’m not mentally ill,” Chelsea told Inside Edition. Rather, she is “in a good place in my life…Yeah I have anxiety and depression but I’m not a crazy person.”
According to People magazine, Chelsea was later found in the New Jersey home of her boyfriend and alleged heroin addict Steven Sheerer. Because Chelsea O’Donnell was underage at the time, Sheerer was arrested and faces charges of child endangerment and communication of obscenity, and has pleaded not guilty, reports People.
Chelsea then fled to the Wisconsin home of her birth mother, Deanna Micoley, but only stayed six days, according to People.
In a separate interview with Inside Edition, Deanna claims that Rosie O’Donnell adopted her daughter illegally, and Deanna “always wanted her.”
Micoley, who is not currently on speaking terms with Chelsea, told interviewers that she is “so happy she’s part of my life now.” Deanna also revealed that after the teenager left her Wisconsin home, Rosie O’Donnell taunted her with a text message that read “She stayed 6 days – Bravo u.”
Chelsea’s birth mother claims that she did not want to give her daughter up, but was drugged and forced to put the baby up for adoption.
Even though she isn’t speaking to Chelsea currently, Deanna still wants “to be a part of her life.” In her Inside Edition intimate interview, Deanna confesses she wants to see Chelsea “walk down the aisle. I want to be there when she has her first baby. I just want to be her mom.”
Rosie O’Donnell adopted Chelsea as an infant in 1997 with her then-wife Kelli Carpenter, but things weren’t so smooth in the O’Donnell household according to the teen.
In her first television interview since she left her adopted mother’s home, the teenager told interviewers that she cares about Rosie O’Donnell, and hopes O’Donnell is “doing well,” but admits she does not love Rosie.
According to Chelsea, she can no longer love Rosie because of their public battle. When Inside Edition asked the teenager if she still loves Rosie O’Donnell, the teenager opened up that “love is a big word and I wouldn’t really use that.”
The teenager revealed that while she misses her adopted family, she agrees “there is some much-needed space between me and Rosie,” elaborating that it has “been nice having that.”
The Inside Edition interview with Chelsea O’Donnell will air November 2.
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