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Rosie O'Donnell: Issues with my daughter aren't new

Rosie O'Donnell remains hopeful she will mend her fractured relationship with her adopted daughter Chelsea.

TV star Rosie O'Donnell still hopes her estranged daughter will start to "make better choices", but is used to their tumultuous relationship, as it's been that way for a decade.

In August (15) Rosie went public with the problems between her and her adopted daughter Chelsea after she temporarily went missing. Chelsea was eventually found safe and well, with Rosie claiming she had been so worried because Chelsea hadn't been taking prescribed medication. She turned 18 not long after and chose to move in with her birth mother, using a recent TV interview to state she will never forgive Rosie for speaking out about her and that she doesn't love her.

"Well, it’s not really a new situation for our family," Rosie told Us Weekly. "I know it’s new for the press so it seems to be making a big splash, but it’s been a situation that the whole family has had to deal with for over a decade. It hasn’t been easy, but we love her very much, and we hope she’s safe and starts to make some better choices."

Rosie claims Chelsea has been battling a mental illness for years, which has had a big effect on the family. They are still finding their way through the issue and the 53-year-old star remains hopeful they will rebuild their relationship at some point.

"There’s a crisis of health for children who have challenges in their perception," she explained. "And we were lucky enough to get her the best help available in the United States. But when a child turns 18, there’s nothing legally that a parent can do, and she’s turned 18. So, we hope that she is safe, number one, and that she finds her way back home."

Chelsea opened up about the issues between her and her adoptive mother in an interview with US TV show Inside Edition, claiming she is horrified that Rosie has lied about her publicly.

"Some of the things that have happened in the last few months I can't get over or forgive her for," she said. "Kicking me out of the house, putting it out that I'm mentally unstable... I care about her and I hope she's doing well. But love is a big word and I wouldn't really use that."

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