Rosie O'Donnell Must Be Devastated by Daughter Chelsea's Hurtful Words (VIDEO)

chelsea o'donnellSounds like there's no love lost between Chelsea O'Donnell and her estranged adoptive mom, Rosie O'Donnell -- literally. The 18-year-old has been largely silent about her reasons for leaving home in August, but she recently sat down with Inside Edition to reveal something truly heartbreaking: Chelsea says she doesn't love Rosie.

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In her first on-air interview since running away (while still underage) and being found in the home of 25-year-old alleged heroin addict Steven Sheerer, Chelsea was painfully blunt about her feelings toward Rosie: 

"I care about her and I hope she's doing well. But love is a big word and I wouldn't really use that," said Chelsea. 

Ouch. I can't even imagine how Rosie must be feeling right now, though it seems as if she's pretty upset based on the following tweet, in which she contrasts Chelsea's "plea" for privacy with the fact that she just did a photo shoot/interview:

Yup, Rosie is clearly hurting. How could she not be? To hear your kid say she doesn't love you ... that's about as bad as it gets. For her part, Chelsea says she didn't run away in August, and that Rosie kicked her out; she also says that she's upset because Rosie called her mentally ill:

"I'm not mentally ill," said Chelsea. "I'm in a good place in my life ... Yeah I have anxiety and depression but I'm not a crazy person."

Of course saying someone is "mentally ill" is not the same thing as calling them "crazy," but the fact that Chelsea took Rosie's remarks that way is typical of the misunderstandings-fraught mother-daughter dynamic (particularly when that daughter is a teenager). 

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Naturally I don't know Rosie or Chelsea, so I certainly can't make a judgment call here about who's in the right. But I can say this: If I read this story as a rebellious 18-year-old, I'd probably side with Chelsea. After all, young adulthood is all about finding everything wrong with your parents and throwing it in their faces, right? But now that I'm a mother, I find myself sympathizing with Rosie. She raised that girl -- kept her alive and well cared for every day of her life -- and seems like a decent enough person. So I know that no matter how difficult their relationship might be, Rosie is most likely devastated by these recent developments. And I'm sure it doesn't help that the first place Chelsea went after leaving her druggie boyfriend's place was her birth mother's house (although she didn't stay there very long either). Indeed, Chelsea might claim she's in a good place in her life, but she seems pretty lost and sad in this clip:

Here's hoping Chelsea and Rosie can find a way to reconcile sometime in the near future, because it seems like no one has any peace or closure at the moment. And that's a shame, because I'm betting Chelsea really does love Rosie -- and Rosie loves her, too.

 

Image via Inside Edition

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