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Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Chelsea 'Tells All' in Shocking Interview With Daily Mail Online

Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Chelsea 'Tells All' in Shocking Interview With Daily Mail Online

Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Chelsea 'Tells All' in Shocking Interview With Daily Mail Online

Chelsea O'Donnell spared no details when spilling everything about her childhood, relationship with Rosie, and recent disappearance to the Daily Mail.


Chelsea O'Donnell, Rosie O'Donnell's adopted daughter, is finally speaking out in a personal and shockingly extensive interview with British tabloid Daily Mail Online. In August, Chelsea, 18, found herself in the news when she was reported missing, but ultimately ended up voluntarily arriving at a police station a few days later and was returned home. During her disappearance, Chelsea had been communicating with a New Jersey man she met on Tinder, Steven M. Sheerer, who was arrested in connection her disappearance and according to the Daily Mail piece, had already been convicted of possessing controlled substances and child endangerment. When news of Chelsea's disappearence broke, Rosie opened up about her daughter's struggles with mental illness, expediting the necessity of getting Chelsea home as soon as possible. Now, Chelsea's decided to speak to the tabloid about every detail surrounding her disappearance, relationship with Rosie, and what she's been up to lately. 

The interview, which you really just have to read to believe, focuses heavily on Chelsea's life growing up and Rosie's at-home behavior that led to a disconnection between the two. Chelsea's detailed descriptions of Rosie's snacking habits, dinners the family shared, and Rosie's interest in arts and crafts are only a few examples of just how comprehensive Chelsea's recount is.

"I find her not genuine a lot of the time," Chelsea told Daily Mail Online,  "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 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."

Chelsea discusses how she feels as though she was mostly raised by her nannies and how the strain on her relationship with Rosie ultimately led to her being sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Utah. 

'I felt I'd been sent away. 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...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.”

Regarding her disappearance, Chelsea insists that Rosie told her to leave a few days shy of her 18th birthday, when she had always been intending to move out anyway. She was also offended by Rosie's claims about mental illness.

"I think she did that because people started asking questions and she didn't want to seem like this bad parent that had kicked her daughter out," Chelsea explained, continuing, "I wouldn't say I'm mentally ill – I would say lots of people struggle with what I have."

Though she was previously living with her birth mother Deanna Micolley, she's now living with Steven Sheerer (her boyfriend) and his family. She insists "he's not into anything bad now," and plans to move to Wisconsin with him in the near future. According to the article, Chelsea is no longer supported financially by Rosie, but says Rosie continues to attempt to reach out to her, insisting that Steven is "keeping me here and not letting me leave," which Chelsea asserts is untrue. 

Rosie has not yet reacted extensively to the story, but according to People and Us Weekly a rep for Rosie declared the story to be "heartbreaking on every level." 



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