FURIOUS Rosie O’Donnell has a message for her ex-wife Kelli Carpenter’s new spouse: They’re MY kids!
Insiders say the former talk-show host thinks Anne Steele – the woman Kelli married on June 1 in the backyard of their shared Rockland County, N.Y., home – is trying to steal away the affection of Rosie and Kelli’s four kids.
Now the tug-of-war over the tykes has apparently escalated into an allout feud – at least in Rosie’s mind.
“Rosie’s nose id definitely out of joint over how instantly her children with Kelli have taken to their new stepmom,” said a family friend.
“They seem to enjoy hanging out with them a lot more than with Ro and her wife Michelle (Rounds). That’s because they find Kelli and Anne to be more fun.”
Even though Rosie can offer the kids more in the way of material possessions – she’s worth an estimated $100 million – it doesn’t seem to matter to the children, says the friend.
They prefer spending their time with Kelli and Anne, a singer, at their home in Chestnut Ridge, just a 10-minute drive from Rosie’s place in nearby South Nyack. While Rosie is jealous over the fact that the kids – sons Parker, 18, and Blake, 13, and daughters Chelsea, 15, and Vivi, 10 – prefer to hang out with Kelli and Anne, the reality is that she and Michelle are busy tending to the needs of their new daughter, 5-month-old Dakota.
Adding fuel to the fire is a comment Anne made in a “New York Times” interview in which she said that Rosie’s kids have become her instant family.
“That remark really hit a nerve with Rosie,” said the friend. According to another source, Rosie and Michelle skipped the nuptials, and she wasn’t thrilled that the kids were slated to take part in the ceremony.
“In the end, Rosie relented when Kelli requested that their boys play key roles as members of the wedding party,” the source continued. “Parker escorted his mom through the terraced garden, and Blake walked with Anne.
“It was a beautiful and joyous occasion.”
Meanwhile, Rosie was noticeably silent about the wedding on Twitter. “Normally she’s a fiend when it comes to tweeting and making her feelings known loud and clear,” said the source.
“But on June 1, there was not a single tweet from her about Kelli remarrying and moving on – no well-wishes, nothing.” Two days later, she apparently had a change of heart, posting a photo on Twitter tagged: “Chelsea n Blake at Kelli & Anne’s wedding.”
“That was it,” said the source. “Other than that, there hasn’t been a single word from her congratulating the couple.”