For years, former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell has stated that she had a strained relationship with her father.

Edward Joseph raised O’Donnell and her four siblings from age 10, after her mother died from breast cancer, according to Variety.

She told CNN in 2012 that her father “had a lot of problems to deal with” after being raised by an abusive father. That led some “unforgivable” mistakes when raising his own children, she said:

“You get to be 50 years old you can’t still be angry at what your father did in 1970. You have to work it out for yourself and find a place for it in your life and not rehash it forever.”

Now, O’Donnell has revealed that her father allegedly sexually abused her as a young child.

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The 56-year-old shared her abuse story in the upcoming biographical book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,’” by Ramin Setoodeh.

O’Donnell said:

“It started very young. 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.”

Her father died from cancer in 2015, but the former talk show host said it’s difficult to speak out about because she was so vulnerable at the time:

“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.”

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O’Donnell has five children of her own and recently became a grandmother in December 2018 after her daughter, 21-year-old Chelsea, welcomed a baby girl.

According to The National Center for Victims of Crime, one in five girls are victims of child sexual abuse. Most adolescent victims are abused by someone they know.

“Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View'” will be released on April 2.

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8 Replies to “‘It Started Very Young’: Rosie O’Donnell Says Her Father Sexually Abused Her Until Her Mother Died”

  • Michael Bankston 2 years ago

    At least part of the reason Rosie O’Donnell is lesbian is most likely that she was molested by her father. Nearly half of gays and lesbians have suffered sexual abuse. I recommend O’Donnell seek counseling and/or therapy.

    • Beth 2 years ago

      Michael I have read that as well, that half were abused, if not more! Sad!

  • Melanie 2 years ago

    I am not a fan of Rosie O’Donnell, but I feel so sad for the little girl she once was who had to endure sexual abuse by her own father and now for the grown woman she is today who carries those scars forever.

  • sm 2 years ago

    The classic trope now is that sexual abuse does not cause one to become homosexual-flying in the face of repeated stories of sexual abuse in the lives of a large percentage of those who identify as gay, lesbian or bi-sexual. This only strengthens the fact that some people just cannot handle the truth! They are not “born that way” but somehow something does happen to them-more often than not early sexual abuse. My contention is that it is ALL of the time-some of the abuse is before and clear childhood memories are made (usually before five years old). Do NOT like this woman, but now understand better from whence she comes. She, like all others who say they are “gay,” lesbian, bi, trans-whatever is outside the norm, has my most fervent prayers. Really.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Who knows if this is true or not she lies so much and is such a hysterical media whore,I doubt anything that comes out of her mouth. I’m surprised she isn’t accusing Trump instead of her dad. I believe the woman is evil and truly mentally ill.

    • Annie-gal 2 years ago

      So true, Anonymous. E=gads, you probably gave her the idea to accuse President Trump. She’s every bad thing the mind can imagine. I doubt she was molested – she waits until her poor father is dead and can’t defend himself … that’s the kind of coward she is. She’s so filled with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) that she’s not capable of a lucid thought. In all the psychological studies I’ve read shows that females who are molested turn to prostitution, while males do become homosexuals. I saw a TV documentary once where about 50 homosexuals were interviewed and, without exception, every one had been molested as a child.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I’m sorry you had to go through that atrocity.May God. BLESS YOU Rosie.

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