Rosie O’Donnell’s 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea, opens up about her mother in a new interview, and paints a picture of Rosie as a “phony” and neglectful parent, whose relationships are marred with tension, as a result of her laziness and drug and alcohol abuse.
During an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail Tuesday, Chelsea, who made headlines in August after she went missing and was later found in the home of a suspected heroin dealer, explains a different side of Rosie, and says she never ran away from home, but was kicked out by Rosie two weeks before her eighteenth birthday.
“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,” the teen said of her mom, whose home troubles have resulted in two divorces.
Rosie frantically reported Chelsea as missing two months ago, and was said to be relieved when Chelsea was found safe at the home of a man who had previously been accused of selling drugs.
“She is 17 and he is an [alleged] drug dealer, they met online, on Tinder. Chelsea is mentally ill, it is a parent’s worst nightmare,” said a source.
Chelsea now says Rosie was lying, and she is not mentally ill. She also tells the Mail the man who took her in was her boyfriend, who she is now living with.
“I wouldn’t say I’m mentally ill – I would say lots of people struggle with what I have” Chelsea says of her anxiety and depression.
She adds that Rosie’s public persona is fake, and despite the star’s claims of putting her family first, she was raised by nannies, and she is closer with two of them than her own mother.
Chelsea also claims during the extensive interview, now that she is no longer working on The View, Rosie spends most of her time sleeping late, lounging around the house in spandex, and smoking marijuana, and watching documentaries on TV.
Rosie does not cook, and now that her marriage from second wife Michelle Rounds has ended, the TV star spends a good deal of her time eating takeout and scouring her Nyack, New York mansion for cookies and candy, according to the teen.
“Our dinners were mostly ordering in pizza or Chinese food because nobody could really cook except for my other mom, Kelli,” said Chelsea. “Rosie would eat takeout with us and if there were cookies in the house, she would eat them all. She was always coming into our rooms and asking if we had candy.”
The 18-year-old says Rosie has lived healthier since her 2012 heart attack, and has opted to replace her beer with wine, but still smokes weed and listens to Madonna in her arts and crafts room.
“She smokes weed – not around us – but the whole house smells like it,” she said.
To read more of Chelsea’s interview with The Daily Mail, click here.