Rosie O’Donnell. | Photo: Fortune Live Media / Flickr
Rosie O’Donnell revealed her father Edward Joseph sexually abused her during her childhood.
The 56-year-old comedian and television personality made the shocking revelation in her new book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’.
‘It started very young,’ she revealed, reports Variety. ‘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.’
O’Donnell then continued: ‘On the whole, it’s not something I like to talk about. 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,’ she said.
Her father passed away in 2015, from complications with cancer.
Rosie O’Donnell’s childhood
Rosie O’Donnell is the third of five children in her family.
Her father immigrated from Ireland when he was a child and then worked as an electrical engineer in the defense industry.
They raised all of their children Roman Catholic.
O’Donnell lost her mother to breast cancer when Rosie was just 10 years old.
Rosie previously revealed her father did not take his wife’s death lightly and consequently emotionally distanced himself from his children.
She also revealed that her father had a tough childhood, including an alcoholic and abusive father.
O’Donnell previously revealed her father did some ‘unforgivable’ things during her childhood.