A frazzled Rosie O’Donnell is so determined to send adopted daughter Chelsea to a year-long therapy program in Texas that the New York-based talk-show queen is willing to kick the troubled wild child out of her life forever if she refuses to go.
Chelsea, 18, who admits she takes medication for anxiety and depression and sees a therapist, said her famous adoptive mother is cruelly inflicting even more pain by barring her from seeing her siblings — Blake, 15, Vivienne, 12, and Dakota, 2.
Chelsea said she is desperate to find an alternative treatment plan somewhere closer to home.
“Rosie and my other mom Kelli (Carpenter, Rosie’s ex-wife) want me to go to Texas for an independent living, therapy program,” Chelsea told “The Daily Mail.” “For the first 60 days it’s very restricted, you can’t do anything and it’s just strictly therapy. After that you move into an independent living program where you get your own apartment and you can have your own car. People could come visit me but I don’t know if I’d be able to go home.”
The teen said Rosie issued her an ultimatum last week via text — which she shared with “The Mail”:
Rosie: “Go to texas — this is the last offer of any kind of help ever”
Chelsea: “Then I don’t want ur help”
Rosie: “u never have — go find another stranger to take care of u — till they kick u out – or u run away enjoy the rest of ur life goodbye”
Chelsea believes she has a good reason for resisting the trip to the Lone Star State, and it stems from the last time Rosie sent her away for therapy.
“They sent me away from when I was 13 until I was 17. This is my choice and I don’t feel like I need it at this point. I’ve been in so much therapy in the last couple of years that I know everything they’re going to teach me.”
Chelsea said she is now living with the family of an old school friend.
“They have been really helpful and they’re a big part of my life right now. I’m happy there,” she said, but admitted that not everyone is.
“Rosie and Kelli are not happy that I’m staying with this family. Rosie has been really mean to the lady I’m living with over text messages, like texts she’s sent me in the past. It gets to the point where the lady is crying because my mom is being so mean.”
The 18-year-old said she might spend Christmas with her new boyfriend, Nicholas Alliegro, a 30-year-old plumber from Massapequa, Long Island, whom she met at a Dunkin’ Donuts last month.
“We have everything in common,” Chelsea said. “He makes me feel really good and he brings out the best in me. He’s very supportive and sweet, he makes me laugh, and does small things to make me smile.
“I don’t have plans for Christmas, I’ll probably be with (Nick). I won’t be able to be with my family so I’ll be down here on Long Island for Christmas.”