Rosie O’Donnell has always been very open about her personal life, but has kept one secret to herself for years. She has just revealed the very dark secret. Rosie said she was molested by her father her as a child.
In an upcoming book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View by Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh, the 56-year-old American comedian revealed for the first time the alleged molestation she endured at the hands of her late father, Edward Joseph before he died in 2015.
“It started very young,” O’Donnell, 56, told Setoodeh of the alleged sexual abuse. “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.
“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.”
In a 2012 interview with Piers Morgan, Rosie reportedly said “You get to be 50 years old, you can’t still be angry at what your father did in 1970…I have forgiven him.” He died in 2015 at the age of 81.’