Rosie O’Donnell‘s daughter insists she was thrown out of their home by the star.
Chelsea O’Donnell was reported missing by the former View host in August, who claimed she had run away and was mentally ill, but the teenager has alleged her adoptive mother ordered her to leave the family home on August 11, two weeks before her 18th birthday.
Chelsea said: ”She told me to leave and take my dog. 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. Rosie knew I was planning to leave, that’s why I think she kicked me out. 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. I gave them to her. A few hours later, she told me to leave. I wasn’t planning to go until I turned 18 on the 24th.”
On August 18, Rosie made social media pleas and issued a statement appealing for her daughter to return home as she was ”in need of medical attention,” claiming she was suffering from a mental illness, which Chelsea found ”really hurtful.”
Chelsea added in an interview with MailOnline: ”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. Putting out there that I am mentally ill was really hurtful. People think I’m this crazy person and as I’ve said, I have depression and bad anxiety – but it’s been something that’s gotten a lot better. But these were personal things and I didn’t want anyone to know them about me.
”I wouldn’t say I’m mentally ill – I would say lots of people struggle with what I have.”
Chelsea was picked up by the police at her boyfriend Steven Sheerer’s New Jersey home and returned to Rosie’s house, but she claims there wasn’t a happy reunion waiting for her.
Chelsea said: ”She had two of my bags packed with clothes. Literally 10 minutes after the police had dropped me off at the house, I got in a car and went to a friend’s house.”