Poor Rosie O’Donnell. Her daughter Chelsea, whom she adopted in 1997, chose to move in with her birth mother earlier this week on her 18th birthday. Just last week the police were searching after she stopped taking her medication for a mental health problem and was found with a man who is an alleged heroin addict. The man was arrested.
Rosie’s publicist said in a statement:
Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother. This was her choice.”
My heart breaks for Rosie. A lot of teens don’t appreciate their parents, so this isn’t exactly unusual, but this has to be tough for the comedian, whose father died last weekend.
Chelsea reconnected with her birth mother, Deanna Micoley, last spring. Deanna alleged that Rosie “stole” Chelsea because she said she didn’t sign away her parental rights or if she did, she said she was “under the influence.” Deanna alleged:
I believe Rosie O’Donnell knew that I was in no condition to sign away my parental rights to my daughter! She did the worst thing one woman can do to another woman — take her child!”
Deanna was 20 when she gave birth to Chelsea and claims her now ex-husband forced her to give up her baby for adoption. She admitted:
I may not have been the best mother back then. I did drugs and I have a criminal record because of it. But I surely didn’t deserve to have my baby stolen from me!”
Chelsea reached out to Deanna, which is how the two reconnected. They exchanged messages online.
Chelsea has told me that she had issues with Rosie. I believe Rosie has abandoned her. Since about the age of 12, Rosie’s basically shipped Chelsea off to different boarding schools.”
Deanna also said:
Rosie O’Donnell stole my baby, but I don’t want her money. I just want my daughter back!”
Earlier this month, Deanna had softened her stance somewhat, saying:
She really doesn’t want to talk too much about Rosie, so I respect that and don’t ask questions. She doesn’t specify a lot about Rosie. I know she has said she can’t stand her sometimes, but every child has that with their mother.
“She is tired of living in the spotlight. Rosie is always in there.
[Rosie] sent her off to school at 13 till 17, when she finally came home. She’s only been home for eight months.”
Clearly things weren’t going well at home for Chelsea to go missing. When Chelsea decided to go live with her birth mother on Monday, Rosie reportedly cut her off financially. It will probably be a very different experience for her. Hopefully everything turns out okay.
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