In a wide-ranging interview withThe Tyra Banks Show last week, talk show host Rosie O’Donnell opened up about her life since departing The View in 2007, a life which most recently has involved no alcohol. In December, she enjoyed her last beer — at the urging of her 13-year-old son, Parker Jaren. “On Nov. 29, I was with my son…and I said to him, ‘Park, can you get me a beer?’ Rosie recalled. “And he said, ‘No I don’t want to.’” Surprised, Rosie asked her son why he refused – but his response was even more surprising. “He says, ‘Because you know what, I think you drink too much beer … Lately I think it’s too much.’” When Rosie explained that during most of her 20s she abstained from alcohol, Parker indicated that he thought it might be a good idea to “do that again.”
“I go, ‘Well honey what happens if I can’t do that?’ He says, ‘There’s a drunk club, I forget what it’s called, but you have to like be really drunk to get in, I don’t know if they’d let you in, but you could ask them for tips.’”
Clearly moved, Rosie marvelled at “the innocence of children,” noting “they don’t know how to judge…they just know.” Her emotions are currently running the gamut for another reason entirely, however: Rosie also shared that she is entering menopause. “I am about to be 47 next month and Aunt Flow has not shown up for nine months,” she explained. “The worst thing is I am like ending that whole cycle and my daughter [Chelsea Belle] who is 11, is beginning the cycle. So the two hormones in the house, it’s a lot going on.” When she needs to escape, Rosie said more often than not it is to the Target at her local mall.
“I had a meeting with my money guy, we sat down, he said ‘I don’t know how to say this to you, but how could you spend $40,000 last year at Target?’ I’m like, ‘There are four children and two adults in this house; We clothed everyone, got everyone in school supplies and toys for $40,000. That’s pretty good.”
In addition to Parker and Chelsea, Rosie and wife Kelli O’Donnell are parents to Blake Christopher, 9, and Vivienne Rose, 6.
Source: The Tyra Banks Show