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How Many Children Does Rosie O’Donnell Have?

Titi Dokubo
May 27, 2022
01:15 P.M.
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The former "Rosie O'Donnell Show" host and actress has juggled her Hollywood career while raising her blended family. Fans know her as a comedian and TV personality, but she is most proud of being the mother of her five children.


Renowned comedian, Rosie O'Donnell, was born on March 21, 1962, and had a difficult childhood after her mother died when she was ten. After high school, she became an actress and started hosting her show in 1995.

When her contract expired in 2002, she officially came out as a lesbian and soon welcomed a child with her then-partner, Kelli Carpenter, whom she married on February 26, 2004.

Rosie O'Donnell at the 2019 Rosie's Theater Kids Fall Gala on November 18, 2019 | Source: Getty Images


Unfortunately, their marriage got annulled by the California Supreme Court, and after a few years, they broke up. O'Donnell went on to remarry in June 2012 to consultant Michelle Rounds but divorced in February 2015.

In 2018, she confirmed that she was engaged to Elizabeth Rooney, but they split in 2019. However, on May 23, 2022, O'Donnell took to Instagram to show her hand resting on the leg of an unnamed woman while asking her fans about their weekend.



In 1995, O'Donnell adopted her eldest son, Parker Jaren, when he was a baby. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy and College and joined the Marines.

In 1995, she adopted her first daughter, Chelsea Belle, and the mother-daughter duo has had some ups and downs in their relationship. However, they mended their relationship and have become close again.

Chelsea Belle O'Donnell, Vivienne Rose O'Donnell, and Rosie O'Donnell at the "2nd Annual Fran Drescher Cancer Schmancer Sunset Cabaret Cruise" on June 20, 2016 | Source: Getty Images


O'Donnell's third child, Blake Christopher, was adopted in December 1999 and enrolled at Marist College in New York in August 2018. Even though very little is known about him, he makes the occasional red carpet appearance with his mother.

Vivienne Rose, O'Donnell's fourth child, was adopted in November 2002. She has kept her out of the spotlight but announced on her Instagram that Vivienne graduated from high school in June 2021.

While she adopted four of her children with her ex-partner, Carpenter, O'Donnell adopted her fifth child, Dakota, in January 2013 when she was with her ex-wife, Rounds.

Parker O'Donnell, Rosie O'Donnell, Vivienne O'Donnell, and Blake O'Donnell at the Rosie's Theater Kids' 12th Annual Gala Celebration on November 2, 2015 | Source: Getty Images



O'Donnell and Rounds met in early 2011 at a chance encounter in Starbucks, and by the end of the year, they got engaged. However, O'Donnell did not reveal their engagement until December because she was afraid of opening her romantic life to the public.

On June 9, 2012, Rounds and O'Donnell married in a private ceremony after suffering health scares. While Rounds had desmoid tumors, O'Donnell suffered a heart attack.

They separated in November 2014, and O'Donnell later filed for divorce. They finalized their divorce in March 2016, and O'Donnell said she would never get married again.



O'Donnell is a proud grandmother of three children under three years from her daughter Chelsea. On December 19, 2018, she took to her social media to announce the arrival of her first grandchild, Skylar Rose.

On January 30, 2021, O'Donnell took to Instagram to welcome Riley, Chelsea's second daughter. On February 23, 2022, she asked her Instagram followers to call her "Nana 3" because of the arrival of her third grandchild, Avery Lynn.