Rosie O’Donnell She is a mother and grandmother at the same time.
The actress and comedian has welcomed five children since 1995: Parker, 27, Chelsea, 25, Blake, 22, Vivian, 19, and Dakota, 9.
But between teen drama, public bickering, and custody battles, it wasn’t always an easy journey for the star. “Teens are a nightmare, they’re terrible,” I joked in 2016. “I had four teenagers when I decided to adopt a newborn. You might ask why. Because I have four teenagers and I needed to remind myself that I really love children.”
In 2022, O’Donnell opened up to the people of A Poor article about autism diagnosis for her youngest daughterHe writes, “Dakota autism forces me to see the world from a completely different place. It’s a gift from another dimension. … to be able to see the world as it is—for me, it was a wonderfully magical experience. I’m so glad we got each other together” .
Here’s everything you need to know about the O’Donnell family.
Parker Garen O’Donnell, 27
O’Donnell adopted her first child, Parker O’Donnell, in 1995. He was born on May 25, 1995. The comedian was initially a single mother to Parker, but his ex-wife Kelly Carpenter He later became his legal father as well.
Parker attended Valley Forge Military Academy and is currently in the Marines. “How do you upset your leftist, liberal, pacifist mother? You become a big military man,” she joked. the view in 2014.
He is also a loyal partner to his longtime love, Hannah. In October 2021, O’Donnell Share a sweet picture To the couple with the caption “Happy 7th Anniversary of Parker Ann Hannah #Growth of Kids.”
Chelsea Bill O’Donnell, 25
Chelsea Bill O’Donnell was born on September 20, 1997, and was adopted by O’Donnell and Carpenter as a baby. Although they seem to have reconnected, the view The alum and her eldest daughter didn’t always have the easiest relationship, as they were separated from each other throughout Chelsea’s teens and early adult years.
In August 2015, O’Donnell announced Chelsea is gone From their home in New York. she was found after a week and then Move to Wisconsin To live with her mother, Diana Miccoli. Cindy Berger, O’Donnell’s media publisher, told PEOPLE, “Chelsea made a decision when she was 18 that she wanted to go to her original mother. That was her choice.”
despite A representative for O’Donnell told the people While the situation was “heartbreaking on every level,” the comedian maintained her desire for her family to be one for “love and peace.”
In 2017, Chelsea sat down for a live interview with Inside Edition Along with her then-husband Nick Allegro. “Growing up, I didn’t really get along with it, and then once you kicked me out, I was kind of done,” She said. “I miss the rest of my family a lot, but I think there’s some much-needed space between me and Rosie. It was nice to have that,” she added.
the following year, O’Donnell and Chelsea reconnected On carrying Chelsea. After Chelsea’s friend Jacob Burrassa shared a photo of the ultrasound chart on Facebook, O’Donnell’s representative told People, “Yes, she’s pregnant. We’ve reconnected.”
Chelsea She gave birth to a baby girl, Skylar Rosein December 2018. The comedian was thrilled to become a grandfather for the first time, Twitter“My Daughter Chils – Jake – Skyler’s Paper My First Granddaughter!!! #Love #Life #Nana”, along with a photo of Chelsea and Skyler in the hospital.
“It was a really beautiful thing,” O’Donnell said. He said about becoming a grandmother. “It’s pretty cliched, but it’s what everyone says – when you’re a grandmother, it’s like that [having] Baby a million times. And that’s how I felt.”
In 2018, the star She opened up about her relationship with her daughter on me the talksaying, “I think with my relationship with my daughter, Chelsea, (the tested relationship made her stronger) because we’ve been through some really tough times. It’s working better now that we’re communicating together. When someone does something that’s unforgivable to you and you can forgive them and they can forgive.” To you, there is a kind of blessing coming down on both of you, within that.”
Blake Christopher O’Donnell, 22
The youngest boy in the O’Donnell group, Blake keeps his life very private. Born on December 5, 1999, he was the third child adopted by O’Donnell and Carpenter together during their relationship.
“I left my son in college. Hard to believe” I tweeted In 2018, when he started attending Marist College in New York. A year later, O’Donnell told the beautiful story when Blake saw her first movie in 1992 Their own league: “My son was at a party, and he came home and said, ‘Mom, I saw you on TV. I was at a baseball game, and I was a teenager,'” shared with Sixth page. “I’m like, ‘Baby, this was my first movie. I wasn’t a teenager. I was 29.'” ”
Blake appears rarely on his mother’s social media, as This is a beautiful carousel on Instagram From August 2021 with his little sister Dakota and girlfriend Teresa, to which O’Donnell commented: “We are family ❤️👋🏽😜 #la”.
Vivian Rose O’Donnell, 19
When Vivian graduated from high school In 2021, her mother could not contain her pride. “Vivi and Jackie – as vivi alumni of HS – hard to believe – I’m so proud of you my dear – ura gorgeous young lady #vivi #graduation #love,” O’Donnell wrote on Instagram.
Vivienne and her mom share a social media passion, with O’Donnell revealing that they’ve taken the time to learn TikTok dances during quarantine. “I am in the middle of a pandemic with a 17-year-old girl, trying to make her happy,” she said Seth Meyers said.
In 2022, Vivienne made headlines after saying that her upbringing wasn’t “normal” on TikTok. She told her followers, “I love all these comments about how Rosie has kept my life ‘normal’. No offense mom, that never happened. She just didn’t tell us really, really about anything.”
O’Donnell willingly admitted that Vivian’s childhood “was not normal (like all of her friends).” In TikTok candid, The Roseanne an actress He said, “It’s okay, you are allowed to express your feelings in our family, even if you do it online in a funny way.”
In another TikTokVivienne shared the hilarious story of how she realized that the family friend she knew as “Mo” was none other than Madonna. She said, “At my birthday parties, this beautiful woman would always come by, and I was like, ‘Yeah, there’s Mo.'” I had no idea who she was…Then I found out it was Madonna all these years.”
Dakota O’Donnell, 9
Less than a year after O’Donnell Married his second wifeAnd the Michelle RoundsThe couple adopted Dakota, who was born on January 5, 2013. “We are thrilled to announce the arrival of daughter R. Dakota – #withloveandthanks-Amen,” O’Donnell Advertise on Twitter.
In 2015, O’Donnell filed for divorce From the tours on the basis of an “irreversibly severed relationship”, according to documents obtained by people at the time. The Dakota’s only guardianship tours sought, but then tragically died by suicide In 2017. “I am saddened to hear of this terrible tragedy,” O’Donnell Tell people in a statement. “Mental illness is a very serious problem that affects many families. My thoughts and prayers are with Michelle’s family, her wife and their child.”
Dakota, the youngest of the O’Donnell children, is a frequent mainstay on Rosie’s social media. In the awesome TikToks series, Share O’Donnell’s reason Why choosing Dakota from school is so important to her.
“You know, I have a lot of anxiety about that,” she said of riding time. “I think because my mother passed away when I was young and then my father, after work, it was hard to be picked up on time. So I have something about being picked up on time.”
In September 2022, O’Donnell wrote an emotional article for People She first opened about an autism diagnosis in the Dakota.
“I didn’t want Dakota to be ashamed of her diagnosis,” O’Donnell wrote. “I told her from the start that autism is her greatest strength.”
She added, “I’m learning to have much deeper empathy than I ever did. To really listen and communicate in a way I never had to do with my other kids. The feeling of vulnerability that comes with having a child with autism has been a gift to me. She teaches me.”
The comedian also remembered the moment when Dakota asked to meet her mother. “We’re in touch, so Dakota calls for FaceTime and says, ‘Are you the lady I’ve been in with?'” I just wanted you to know I was the baby I was there, and when I was born, my mom grabbed me and pressed her pinky, me with her. So I just want to tell you that this is what happened to me. Farewell,” O’Donnell recalls.
“I was in tears as was her mother,” she wrote. “This is something too intense, complex, and emotional for a young girl to put together.” Speaking of all her children, O’Donnell added, “I think about mothers every day.”