Chelsea O'Donnell Reveals in First TV Interview: I Don't Love Rosie
Chelsea O'Donnell says she doesn't love her adopted mom, Rosie O'Donnell.
In her first TV interview since she moved out of the comedian's home, the 18-year-old tells INSIDE EDITION: "I care about her and I hope she’s doing well. But love is a big word and I wouldn’t really use that."
The teen, who was adopted by the comedian and her then-wife Kelli Carpenter as a baby in 1997, was days from her 18th birthday when she was reported missing from Rosie's New York home in August.
Rosie says Chelsea ran away from home, but Chelsea says that Rosie kicked her out.
“She got upset with me because I wouldn't talk to her,” she says in the interview, which will air in full on Monday. “And said she was getting all that stuff at work and didn't need it at home and to take my dog and ‘have a nice life.’”
Chelsea was found at a friend's house in New Jersey but left Rosie's home again the day she turned 18. This time, she says, it's for good.
“I miss the rest of my family a lot but I think there is some much-needed space between me and Rosie. It's been nice having that,” she says.
Chelsea is now living with friends. She says she hopes to finish high school and go on to college – but says she doesn't think she'll ever forgive Rosie for kicking her out or saying she had mental health issues.
“I'm not mentally ill,” Chelsea tells IE. “I'm in a good place in my life… Yeah I have anxiety and depression but I'm not a crazy person.”
INSIDE EDITION contacted Rosie O'Donnell but she had no comment.
Tune in to INSIDE EDITION on Monday for more of Chelsea’s interview, and to find out what happened when she met her birth mother for the first time in August.