One week after she went missing, Rosie O'Donnell's daughter Chelsea has decided to leave the family home and move in with her birth mother, Deanna Micoley. "Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother. That was her choice," Rosie's publicist Cindi Berger confirmed.
Rosie, who adopted Chelsea in 1997, has not commented on her daughter's decision.
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Rosie O'Donnell pictured with daughters Chelsea (right) and Vivienne
The comedian enlisted the help of her Twitter followers last Tuesday in a frantic search for Chelsea, telling them that the teenager had left home with her therapy dog Bear, had stopped taking her medication for an undisclosed mental illness and was "in need of medical attention".
A few hours later, Rosie confirmed that Chelsea had been found. She was located by police in the New Jersey home of alleged heroin addict Steven Sheerer. The 25-year-old appeared in court on Monday on charges of child endangerment and for allegedly sending Chelsea a nude photograph – she was 17 at the time. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
In a series of tweets last week, Rosie referenced Steven's alleged criminal past. Her rep said in a statement to People: "He was involved with a minor, and Rosie's concern has been and always will be the health, safety and well-being of her daughter. Rosie is profoundly appreciative for the work the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has done and the diligence of the local police."
Chelsea was reported missing by Rosie last week - and was later found safe and well in New Jersey
Chelsea is Rosie's adopted daughter from her marriage to Kelli Carpenter-O'Donnell – the pair are also parents to Blake and Vivienne.
In February, Rosie announced her split from wife Michelle Rounds; the couple are parents to the star's youngest child Dakota. Around the same time, the 53-year-old confirmed her departure from chat show The View, in order to focus on her health and her family.
"There's lots of stuff going on at home and there's lots of stuff going on at work," Rosie admitted. "The only thing I can really control is the work, by leaving."