Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Is Moving Out for Good, This Time to Live With Her Birth Mom

rosie o'donnellAn unexpected twist in the case of Rosie O'Donnell's recently missing teenage daughter Chelsea: The 18-year-old girl is leaving home once again, but this time she's not headed to the home of an older man she met on Tinder -- Chelsea's going to live with her birth mother in Wisconsin.


Just a little over a week ago, O'Donnell reported Chelsea missing; the teen was later found at the home of 25-year-old convicted heroin dealer Steven M. Sheerer, a man she met on Tinder who's now being charged with endangering the welfare of a child and third degree distribution of obscenity to a minor (he allegedly sent nude photos of himself to Chelsea when she was still 17). At the time of her disappearance, Chelsea was said to be off her medication, which she takes for an undisclosed mental illness. According to a rep for Rosie, "Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother. This was her choice."

Chelsea's birth mother, Deanna Micoley (who gave her daughter up for adoption in 1997 when Chelsea was 2 months old), apparently drove from Wisconsin to New York to pick her up on Monday -- the very the day she turned 18.

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I can't even begin to imagine how Rosie is feeling right now. Naturally, we don't know the specifics of their family life together, and it's true that many adopted kids go in search of their birth parents no matter how amazing their adoptive parents are, but this must comes as something of a slap in the face to Rosie. How could it not? Of course I'm sure her main priority is Chelsea's happiness, and if this is a journey she needs to take to be happy, then that's one thing. But since Chelsea has displayed sort of questionable judgment as of late, her decision to leave home naturally seems like cause for concern at first glance. Even more worrisome is the fact that Micoley gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview in March in which she claimed that she should not have been allowed to give Chelsea up because she was on heroin on the time, and she blames Rosie: 

"I believe Rosie O’Donnell knew that I was in no condition to sign away my parental rights to my daughter!"

"She did the worst thing one woman can do to another woman -- take her child!"

Um, take her and raise her and care for her and keep her healthy and safe, but whatever. That's what I mean about the whole thing being worrisome: Seems like there are lots of bad feelings brewing, and Chelsea is clearly in no position to think for herself. I'm guessing Rosie will always have a place for her daughter back home, though, if she ever changes her mind.

Image via Jennifer Mitchell / Splash News

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