NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4:21 PM
Chelsea O’Donnell, the adopted daughter of Rosie O’Donnell, hugs her birth mother Deanna Micoley for the first time in August.
Rosie O’Donnell’s estranged adopted daughter shared a heartfelt hug with her birth mother at an emotional reunion after nearly 18 years apart.
Deanna Micoley drove from Wisconsin to New Jersey to meet with Chelsea in August after the girl turned 18 and left O’Donnell’s home in South Nyack, N.Y. Chelsea wore a smile as the two embraced and spoke.
“I just told her that I love her,” birth mom Deanna Micoley told Inside Edition about the first encounter. “I just always wanted her, and I’m so happy she’s part of my life now.”
O’Donnell and Chelsea had a troubled summer this year when she ran away from home and went missing for a week.
The two exchanged messages last year via Facebook, but didn’t meet until after Chelsea celebrated her birthday and legally became an adult. Micoley last saw Chelsea shortly after her birth in 1997.
Chelsea had a troubled summer this year when she ran away from O’Donnell and went missing for a week, moving into the Jersey Shore home of 25-year-old Steven Sheerer.
He was arrested in late August for harboring the minor. The two had met on Tinder.
Chelsea returned to Wisconsin with Micoley after their first meeting for a visit of just six days, and the two aren’t speaking right now — but the mom says her door is always open to the teen.
“I just want to be a part of her life,” she said. “I just want to walk her down the aisle. I want to be there at her wedding. I want to be there when she has her first baby.”
Micoley also repeated her claims — denied by O’Donnell — that Chelsea was adopted illegally.
Micoley also repeated her claims — denied by O’Donnell, pictured — that Chelsea was adopted illegally.
“I don’t know how you can sleep at night, knowing what you did to me, what you did to my daughter,” she told Inside Edition.
Chelsea claims that adoptive mom O’Donnell kicked her out of their home — and denied O’Donnell’s depiction of her as mentally ill.