ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s Brooke Anderson sat down exclusively with Rosie O’Donnell’s estranged wife Michelle Rounds where she opened up about their divorce and why she filed for sole custody of their two-year-old daughter, Dakota. While addressing media reports that she is only seeking full custody as a ploy to receive more money from O’Donnell in the divorce, Rounds tells Anderson, “I made my first million before the age of 39, that was before I met Rosie. I don’t need Rosie’s money, I don’t want Rosie’s money, none of the houses were in my name, none of the cars were in my name. Nothing was in my name. The prenup money means nothing to me. I will walk away from the prenup if Rosie will give me full custody.”
Rounds went on to say that the statement released by O’Donnell’s publicist suggesting that she is seeking sole custody for her own gain saddens her, explaining, “It makes me feel very sad that it has come to this, that Rosie and her publicist feel like they need to do this character assassination. I’m not quite sure why they feel the need to do this. I just want my child to have the best possible environment to grow up in a normal life. Right now she has 24/7nannies over there at Rosie’s house. I don’t want my child to have ananny. I want her to be outside playing, I want to be with her. I want to go to all the parent conferences…and that’s just not what it’s about over there.”
Rounds’ claims of differing parenting styles is what she says was one of the biggest problems in their relationship, stating, “I’m at my daughter’s every beck and call. I give her mild discipline instead of like carte blanche, do whatever you want, which is more or less how Rosie likes to do things.”
The former couple married in June 2012 and adopted Dakota the following year.