Rosie O’Donnell once reported her daughter Chelsea “missing” in 2014. The young woman opened up about how the experience felt for her.
Rosie O’Donnell and her daughter Chelsea were not on good terms for the longest time, and the height of it happened back in 2015 when the comedian reported her daughter “missing.” Months later, the then-18-year-old revealed what happened.
In August 2015, a frantic Rosie reported her daughter missing. However, Chelsea decided to reveal what goes on behind doors in their household and how her mom is not who everyone thinks she is.
Rosie O’Donnell at the American Fertility Association’s Illuminations NYC 2012 on December 3, 2012 in New York (left), Chelsea O’Donnell at the “2nd Annual Fran Drescher Cancer Schmancer Sunset Cabaret Cruise” on June 20, 2016 in New York (Right) | Photo: Getty Images
News spread about Chelsea’s disappearance, with Rosie claiming she had been missing from her Nyack, New York home for over a week. In Rosie’s statement, she revealed Chelsea left home with her therapy dog and stopped taking medication.
Sources claimed that the family did not suspect foul play but believed the young woman ran away from home. It was at that time that Rosie opened up about her daughter’s “mental illness.”
Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Belle O’Donnell pose at the “2nd Annual Fran Drescher Cancer Schmancer Sunset Cabaret Cruise” on The SS Hornblower Infinity Crusie Ship on June 20, 2016 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
Several hours after she was reported missing, Rosie found her daughter safe. Chelsea was located by the police and was declared safe in her family’s custody.
After she was found, Cindi Berger, Rosie’s representative, shared that the mother-and-daughter duo shares a “good relationship.” She added that “Rosie loves Chelsea very much.”
At the time, Chelsea called her mom hypocritical. According to the young woman, her mom is a different person when she’s out, showing her bubbly and engaging personality. However, at home, she’s an entirely different person.
She clarified that Rosie’s claims about her back in 2015 were false. On social media and to the police, the TV personality stated that Chelsea had run away from home, claiming that her daughter was mentally ill.
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
Chelsea revealed that she did not run away from home but was kicked out by her mother just two weeks before turning 18. She also said that she was not mentally ill but struggled with her mental health the way others do.
On top of that, Chelsea claimed that despite Rosie’s constant public mention of how important family life is for her, the then-teenager was mainly raised by nannies and is closer to them than her mother.
Chelsea also shared that it was “hurtful” that her mom put out that she was mentally ill. She shared during her interview:
“As I’ve said, I have depression and bad anxiety – but it’s been something that’s gotten a lot better. But these were personal things and I didn’t want anyone to know them about me.”
DEALING WITH “TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE”
Showing just how strained her relationship is with her mother, Chelsea shared that she does not believe her mother is genuine most of the time. Opening up about it more, she 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.”
Growing up, Chelsea was separated from her brothers and sister after being sent to boarding school at 13. Additionally, she claims her mom is often alone in her room when she is at home, not engaging with her children.
Overall, Chelsea hopes for her mother to be her “real self.” She believes her mom has a public persona, but that’s not sincerely who she is.
Chelsea is Rosie’s daughter with her first ex-wife Kelli Carpenter. Rosie is also mom to Parker, Chelsea, Blake, Vivienne, and Dakota.
Chelsea’s biological mother once claimed that her drug addiction was used by Rosie to “steal” her child in 1997. In addition, the woman, Deanna Micoley, claimed that she and her daughter have been in touch, and Chelsea would share her “issues” with Rosie.
Following the incident in 2015, Chelsea and Rosie’s relationship went from bad to worse. A month after, she moved out of Rosie’s home to live with her biological mother.
When asked about it, Rosie once said: “What choice do you have but to get through? I have four other kids.”
Although they tried to patch things up in 2016, it resulted in another fight after Chelsea married a 31-year-old plumber named Nicholas Alliegro. Rosie was not informed of the wedding and was angry about it.
By 2017, they were feuding publicly at a time when Rosie’s second ex-wife, Michelle Rounds, died of an apparent suicide. Weeks later, Chelsea announced that she was pregnant at 20.
Rosie responded by claiming her daughter was trying to profit off of Rounds’ death. Chelsea paid no mind to her statement, as she also added that Rosie would not be a part of her child’s life.
Although disconnecting from a toxic family member is difficult for many, Chelsea shared that she does not feel sad about her child not having a relationship with her adoptive mother.
Despite everything that happened, Rosie revealed that she and Chelsea were doing a lot better in more recent times. Instead of continuing their public feud, they’ve chosen to forgive one another.
At the time, Rosie confirmed that she and her daughter are in a much better place and that they’ve opened communication lines between one another. It happened in late 2018 after Chelsea revealed she was expecting again.
Chelsea had split from her husband, Alliegro, and was expecting a daughter with her boyfriend, Jacob Bourassa. They welcomed their child in January 2019.
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