Rosie O’Donnell stepped out last night for the Rosie’s Theater Kids Gala with three of her children: Parker (who’s 20), Blake (who’s 15), and Vivienne (who’s 12). Chelsea wasn’t there, and of course she was missed.
When asked if Rosie’s kids were there, she replied:
Yes, all of my kids except Chelsea [are here]. Which is sad, but hopefully, there will come a day when she’ll want to come.”
Chelsea said in an interview earlier this week that she didn’t love Rosie; she isn’t on speaking terms with her biological mother, who picked her up when she left Rosie’s house after turning 18. It should be noted that Chelsea maintains Rosie kicked her out (both when she was 17 and Rosie said she had run away as well as when she turned 18).
Rosie had this to say about the situation with Chelsea:
Well, it’s not really a new situation for our family. I know it’s new for the press so it seems to be making a big splash, but it’s been a situation that the whole family has had to deal with for over a decade. It hasn’t been easy, but we love her very much, and we hope she’s safe and starts to make some better choices.”
She talked about being open about her life on social media.
I think I always have [been open about my personal life]. I grew up in a family where there were a lot of secrets and those secrets were not very healthy. I’ve been accused of never having a thought enter my head that doesn’t come out of my mouth, which may be true. I don’t know. I just think there are so many people. I’ve been getting so many letters on whatever seems to be the issue in my life. When I had a heart attack so many people emailed — I had this symptom and [said], ‘Thank you. I saw your symptom so the situation with my daughter is similar.'”
Rosie obliquely referred to Chelsea’s mental health problems.
There’s a crisis of health for children who have challenges in their perception. And we were lucky enough to get her the best help available in the United States. But when a child turns 18, there’s nothing legally that a parent can do, and she’s turned 18. So, we hope that she is safe, number one, and that she finds her way back home.”
It should also be noted that Chelsea says she does NOT have a mental illness. Hopefully the two of them will be able to repair the rift between them. Rosie posted this family picture from last night’s gala on Instagram.
Photo Courtesy of Instagram