- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Rosie O’Donnell’s adopted 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea, is speaking out for the first time since she says she was kicked out of her mother’s home.

Ms. O’Donnell and her daughter’s relationship struggles became public in August after the former “The View” co-host begged the public to help find her missing daughter, who was 17 at the time. Less than a week after she was found, and after she turned 18, Chelsea left Ms. O’Donnell’s house and went to live with her birth mother in Wisconsin.

“She told me to leave and take my dog,” Chelsea told The Daily Mail in a lengthy sit-down interview. “Rosie knew I was planning to leave, that’s why I think she kicked me out.”

Chelsea told the paper what it was like growing up in Ms. O’Donnell’s home, calling her adopted mother a “phony” in her public life.

“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.

“I feel she should be her real self, who she really is. 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,” she continued.

“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 added. “And if we didn’t want to do what she wanted to do, it would cause a big issue.”

She said Ms. O’Donnell mostly keeps to herself and smokes a lot of marijuana.

“I mean, she smokes weed — not around us — but the whole house smells like it,” she said.

Ms. O’Donnell has yet to comment on the story, but her rep, Cindi Berger, told The Huffington Post that The Daily Mail interview was “heartbreaking on every level.”

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