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“It is different when gay people with children separate. It is not as dramatic as what you stereotypically think with heterosexuals, where one person walks out”

SOUNDBITES — “Kelli and I had been working on what kind of arrangement our family was going to proceed in for the last two and a half years. I never once thought to stop doing the documentary. It is different when gay people with children separate. It is not as dramatic as what you stereotypically think with heterosexuals, where one person walks out … It was more of a collaborative effort of how are we going to proceed and make sure of the most important thing, — which is that the emotional health, the heart and soul of these kids, remains intact. I think the greatest thing you can teach your child is how to deal with adversity because that’s what life is full of. Even though change is scary, sometimes it is necessary.” —Cruise director Rosie O’Donnell, on why, in producing the HBO film A Family Is a Family Is a Family, she kept footage of she and ex-partner Kelli Carpenter playing with their kids even after they split (via)

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  • TommyOC

    I don’t like stereotypes… even if they’re positively portraying a demographic I belong to.

  • Same Crap

    Funniest thing she’s said in years…

  • AlwaysGay

    She’s right. Gay relationships are different from heterosexual ones.

  • Ted C.

    Speak for yourself, Rosie.

  • Charles Merrill

    I knew there was trouble when I watched her documentary about the LGBT cruise to the Bahamas. Rosie is a drinker and probably slaps the shit out of her attractive partners. She is a drunk Irish American male. Kelli is sweet and feminine. Sorry for the children.

  • Sam

    Y’see, straight people split up like THIS. But gay people, they split up like THIS.

    Has she ever even seen a modern straight couple split up? Hasn’t she heard of collaborative divorce? I don’t think the stereotypical “Dad went out for cigarettes and never came back” scenario has been common since at least the 60’s. And even then, I’m using the word “common” pretty loosely.

  • Steve

    Most people who have children try to do what is best for the kids. I doubt very many just walk out.

    Some fathers are never there in the first place, but that is a separate issue.

  • merkin

    I guess I have to give credit to Rosie for sort of just speaking her mind rather than saying something canned and politically correct. But is she in such a bubble that she didn’t hear about the horrific case of Lisa Miller, who abducted her child without telling her partner Janet Jenkins.

    Also, I think her excuse for including Kelli in the documentary is a load of bull. Like most celebrities, Rosie wanted to control her public perception–she kept quiet about the split for months. Ellen did the same thing when her and Anne Heche split–appearing on the cover of the Advocate as a “happy couple” months after Anne went cuckoo and split. Celebs, gay or straight, do whats best for their image.

  • Republican

    I’ve known straight couples whose separations were very civil and I’ve known gay couples whose separations were horrible. Rosie needs to think before speaking.

  • rrr

    I always kind of cringe when Rosie is opening her mouth. She sticks her foot in it so often and makes wild generalizations.

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