Rosie O’Donnell has long been very open about the struggles she has gone through in her life. Yet now, for the first time, O’Donnell is speaking out about perhaps the most painful time of her life.
Not only did O’Donnell lose her mom to breast cancer when she was just 10 years old, but before that, she was being sexually abused by her father.
“It started very young,” O’Donnell tells Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh, who has written the upcoming book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View.’ “And then when my mother died, it sort of ended in a weird way, because then he was with these five children to take care of. On the whole, it’s not something I like to talk about. Of course, it changes everyone. Any child who is put in that position, especially by someone in the family, you feel completely powerless and stuck, because the person you would tell is the person doing it.”
Luckily, these days are much brighter for O’Donnell, as she continues to celebrate the birth of her granddaughter. O’Donnell’s daughter Chelsea gave birth to baby Skylar back in December and on Wednesday (March 13,) the proud grandma shared a new pic of the adorable baby girl.