Rosie O'Donnell's Very Public Feud With Daughter Chelsea Ended After An Important Family Event

Date January 18, 2019

Rosie O’Donnell, an actress, LGBT rights activist, and vocal Trump critic, has five children. She and her first wife, Kelli Carpenter, adopted Parker (b. 1995), Chelsea (b. 1997), Blake (b. 1999). Kelli gave birth to Vivienne in 2002 (she was conceived by artificial insemination). Rosie and her second wife, Michelle Rounds, also adopted a baby girl named Dakota in 2013.


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The comedienne loves her kids, but her relationship with them hasn’t always been easy, especially with her second child, Chelsea.


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Rosie and Chelsea’s rocky relationship

The rift between the two first became public in 2015. Teen rebel Chelsea (she was 17 at the time) went missing in August.

She was later found in New Jersey with a 25-year-old boyfriend she had met on a dating app. Rosie claimed her daughter was mentally unstable – something Chelsea denied.


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About a month later, Chelsea ran away again, reconnected with her adult boyfriend, and moved to Wisconsin to live with her birth mother. And then, about a month after that, the girl made headlines when she spoke to Daily Mail and Inside Edition, saying Rosie had kicked her out just before she turned 18 (Jackie Chan's lesbian daughter made similar statements). Chelsea also said she didn’t love her mom.

At the time, Rosie was quoted by Entertainment Tonight as saying at a comedy gig:

What choice do you have but to get through? I have four other kids.


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A year later, in 2016, it looked like the two reconciled when Rosie posted new pictures with Chelsea on Instagram.

Yet another falling out became public a few months later, when Chelsea eloped with Nicholas Alliegro, a man more than ten years her senior, whom she barely knew. Needless to say, Rosie wasn’t happy about it.

A series of strange tweets from Rosie in September 2017 indicated that the rift only deepened. Their rollercoaster-ride relationship appeared irreparably broken until one important event in the O’Donnell family in late 2018.


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The reason why Rosie and Chelsea made up

In September 2018, Chelsea, now divorced from Nicholas, announced that she was expecting a baby with her new boyfriend, Jacob Bourassa.

The young woman was still mad at her mom and said in an interview with Daily Mail:

Rosie will not be in my child’s life and no, I do not feel sad about that, to be honest.

But things didn’t turn out the way Chelsea had told they would. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Skylar, on December 19, and guess who was there to welcome the baby?

It looks like Rosie and Chelsea’s relationship is on the mend. In a recent interview on Today, the comedienne said her daughter had called her when she was in labor and she immediately flew to Wisconsin to welcome her first grandchild. She told the hosts:

Just to see my daughter so happy and so, sort of, content… And this guy who loves her so much, loves the baby. And now she feels like a lot of adopted kids feel. Until they have their own child, they don’t have that unit to look at, someone who looks like them, to see – genetically – they have their own kind of history. So it was, really, a very beautiful thing.

Having five kids and one grandkid, Rosie might actually be open to having more children. She’s engaged to Elizabeth Rooney, who’s much younger than her (that kind of reminds you of Sarah Paulson and her wife, doesn't it?). Rosie and Elizabeth haven’t announced the wedding date yet, but we hope to see Chelsea there, with a small family of her own.

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