She’s known to fans for her talents as a comedian and TV host, but Rosie O’Donnell takes most pride in being a mom to her five kids. Throughout the years, the former Rosie O’Donnell Show star has juggled her Hollywood career while raising her blended brood of adopted children.
Rosie first experienced motherhood when she adopted her eldest son, Parker O’Donnell, in May 1995. The League of Their Own actress welcomed the little guy into her family with then-girlfriend Kelli Carpenter. The former couple also welcomed daughter Chelsea O’Donnell in September 1997, followed by Blake O’Donnell in December 1999.
In 2002, Rosie and Kelli’s daughter Vivienne O’Donnell arrived via artificial insemination. Just years after the Hollywood duo started their family together, Rosie and Kelli walked down the aisle in 2004. However, the married pair called it quits that same year.
Fortunately, the View alum moved on from heartbreak when she met Michelle Rounds in 2012. The lovebirds were married by June and in 2013, Rosie expanded their family when they adopted her youngest child, Dakota O’Donnell. Like her first marriage, Rosie and her consultant spouse called it quits by 2015. Two years after their divorce, Michelle tragically took her own life.
Now that she’s a single mom, Rosie is making sure to focus on being as present as possible in her kiddos’ lives. Aside from her love of being a mother, Rosie added “Grandma” to her resume when eldest daughter Chelsea welcomed the TV star’s first grandchild in December 2018.
Following the arrival of granddaughter Skylar Rose, Rosie shared her excitement for Chelsea and her boyfriend, Jacob Bourassa. “It was something really beautiful,” she gushed on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “It’s very trite, but it’s what everyone says — when you’re a grandparent, it’s like [having] a baby times a million. And that’s what it felt like.”
The Emmy winner even once revealed exactly how the little bundle of joy makes her feel. “Oh wow, just to see that little girl with my little girl’s face is pretty overwhelming,” she exclusively shared with Closer Weekly, before adding, it “throws me back 22 years.” So sweet!
Scroll through the gallery below to learn about Rosie’s five wonderful children!
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