rosie o'donnell

“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)