News & Opinion | March 14, 2019 10:10 am

Rosie O’Donnell Says Her Father Molested Her

“It started very young.”

Rosie O'Donnell in 2017.
(Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
Rosie O'Donnell in 2017. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)

In a new interview with Variety, Rosie O’Donnell told the world that her father molested her and that “it started very young.”

She says her father stopped molesting her when her mother died when she was 10. Edward, O’Donnell’s father, passed away in 2015 from cancer, CNN reports.

“Of course, it changes everyone,” she told Variety. “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.”

O’Donnell shared the life-changing events in her new book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’.”

Though this is a new revelation, O’Donnell had told CNN in 2012 that her father “had his own issues and demons” and that he had “ a lot of problems to deal with,” but never mentioned sexual abuse.

“You get to be 50 years old you can’t still be angry at what your father did in 1970,” O’Donnell said. “You have to work it out for yourself and find a place for it in your life and not rehash it forever.”