Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds’ custody battle continues today, with the TV star’s estranged wife now claiming their two-year-old adopted daughter, Dakota, has “24/7 nannies” while with Rosie.
“I just want my child to have the best possible environment to grow up in a normal life. Right now she has 24/7 nannies over there at Rosie’s house,” Michelle, 42, said in a new interview.
“I don’t want my child to have a nanny. I want her to be outside playing, I want to be with her. I want to go to all the parent conferences… and that’s just not what it’s about over there,” she added.
Rosie with Dakota in February 2015.
The consultant additionally criticized the former ‘The View’ co-host’s hands-off approach to parenting. “I’m at my daughter’s every beck and call. I give her mild discipline instead of like carte blanche, do whatever you want, which is more or less how Rosie likes to do things,” she said.
Michelle also denied recent reports she is seeking sole custody of the child for financial gain.
Rosie and Michelle in February 2014.
“I made my first million before the age of 39, that was before I met Rosie. I don’t need Rosie’s money, I don’t want Rosie’s money. None of the houses were in my name, none of the cars were in my name. Nothing was in my name. The prenup money means nothing to me. I will walk away from the prenup if Rosie will give me full custody,” she told ‘Entertainment Tonight.’
Another new report stated Michelle further claimed Rosie “drinks a bottle of wine nearly every night” and “regularly smokes weed.” In a statement to ‘TMZ,’ the actress’ rep refuted Michelle’s criticisms and said, “This is a distorted perception of Michelle’s reality. It’s sad in every way.”
Rosie with her five children in March 2015.
The former couple, who married in June 2012, revealed they had adopted their daughter, Dakota, in January 2013. They announced their intention to divorce in November 2014. Rosie, 53, is also a mom to sons Parker and Christopher and daughters Chelsea and Vivienne.