Rosie O’Donnell has opened up about her painful childhood.
In the upcoming book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View,” O’Donnell reveals that she was sexually abused by her father at a young age.
At just 10-years-old, O’Donnell lost her mother Roseann to breast cancer. Her father, Edward O’Donnell, died in 2015.
“It started very young,” O’Donnell told the author. “And then when my mother died, it sort of ended in a weird way, because then he was with these five children to take care of.’
“On the whole, it’s not something I like to talk about,” O’Donnell added. “Of course, it changes everyone. 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.”
“I’m very anti-Roman Polanski and anti-Woody Allen,” O’Donnell adds in the book, according to Variety. “It’s a pretty clear line for me.”