Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter slammed her mom, saying the “not genuine” comedienne is “two different people” at home and in the public eye.
Chelsea O’Donnell, 18, claimed she did not run away from home earlier this year. Instead, her mother kicked the teen out of the family’s Nyack, N.Y., house because of their relationship had grown too rocky to handle.
“Rosie said that I was almost 18, and she got all this crap from work, and she didn’t want to have to deal with that at home too,” Chelsea O’Donnell told the Daily Mail.
Rosie O’Donnell’s spokeswoman Cindi Berger told the Daily News that the accusations “heartbreaking on every level.”
Rosie O’Donnell announced in a now-deleted Aug. 18 blog post that the teen had been missing since Aug. 11. The adoptive mom asked the public for help finding her missing daughter, who suffers from mental health issues, she said. The teen was found on the Jersey shore hours after the comedienne’s post.
But Chelsea O’Donnell claimed that while she has a history of depression and anxiety, struggling with the issues since she was a teen, she does not consider herself ill.
“I wouldn’t say I’m mentally ill — I would say lots of people struggle with what I have,” she said.
The teen, who now lives in New Jersey with her boyfriend Steven Sheerer, said she went to live with her 35-year-old beau after she was kicked out of the family home in August. The soon-to-be 18-year-old was already planning to leave after her birthday.
“Rosie knew I was planning to leave, that’s why I think she kicked me out,” the teen said. “She asked me to talk about what was going on and I didn’t want to. So she asked for my phone and my computer.”
She continued: “I gave them to her. A few hours later, she told me to leave.”
The teen said her relationship with her mother grew increasingly tense as Rosie O’Donnell struggled with stress at work. Before the TV personality left “The View” in February 2015, she frequently complained about the job.
“She and Whoopi really didn’t get along and she’d come home every day and talk about how she was stoned on set and she was being really mean to her,” Chelsea O’Donnell said. “Rosie said ‘I’ve already had a heart attack, I don’t need this much stress.”
Chelsea O’Donnell said her adoptive mom has two different personas: one at home and one when she is in the public eye.
“I find her not genuine a lot of the time,” the daughter said. “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.”
Rosie O’Donnell is bubbly and personable when the family was in public, but at home, she liked to keep herself secluded in her room, listening to music alone and possibly smoking marijuana, Chelsea O’Donnell alleged.
“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,” the teen said. “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, or watching documentaries.”
Chelsea said she returned to the O’Donnell family home briefly after she was found, then moved in wither birth mother, Deanna Micoley, who lives in Wisconson.
She has since moved back to New Jersey with Sheerer, who was previously arrested on heroin charges and has been accused of distributing nude photos of Chelsea when she was a minor.
“I guess everyone is putting out there he’s a bad guy from things that happened in the past but he’s not,” Chelsea O’Donnell said. “He supports me and I love him. He’s not into anything bad now, he works hard.”
“I’m really happy to be here, and happier than I’ve been in years,” she said of her new home.