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Rosie O’Donnell Talks Depression, Estranged Daughter Chelsea in Emotional Stand-Up Gig

The former View co-host opened up about recent drama
Rosie O'Donnell discussed her estranged daughter Chelsea and her depression during a stand-up gig in NYC on Saturday, Oct. 17

Rosie O’Donnell opened up about the recent drama regarding her regarding her estranged daughter, Chelsea, during a stand-up show at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC on Saturday, Oct. 17.

“I love all of my kids,” the former View co-host, 53, said. “My daughter has been in the news. It’s been in the news, but it’s not news to the family. It’s been a decade long. As Mom, my wish is for love and peace and wait until it’s done.”

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The comedian and ex-wife Kelli Carpenter adopted Chelsea in 1997, and in a recent interview, the young woman bashed O’Donnell. During the gig, the comedian pointed to Chelsea’s age for her behavior.

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“Chelsea just turned 18,” she said. “For adopted children 18 is a magic number. At 18 they’re gonna rebel any way they can, any way they can get your attention. I keep thinking I see Chelsea. When your kid isn’t there you see them everywhere.”

Last week, a source close to Rosie also revealed to Us Weekly that O’Donnell is “extremely depressed,” a matter that O’Donnell shed light on during her set.

“I know about mental illness — I have my own,” the former daytime host admitted. “I thought mental illness was failure of my character, not my chemistry.”

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This month hasn’t been easy for O’Donnell. On Thursday, Oct. 15, the former View co-host was sued by a former senior producer on the show for slander, alleging that the comedian also got her fired.

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