For the first time in 13 years, Rosie returns to The Oprah Show to reflect on love, life and the ever-evolving definition of family. Since she walked off The View, Rosie says she's been at home, trying to figure out what to do with the second chapter of her life.
"I think as a child I never thought I would live past 40, because my mother didn't," she says. "And my goal was to do everything I could before I was 40 and then retire and wait for the doctor to say, 'Well, you're going to die.'"
When that didn't happen, this 47-year-old mother of four began to look inward. Like many women, Rosie says she wanted to find a way to balance work and family.
Rosie also wanted to live a more authentic life, which she says led her to make the most difficult decision of her adult life. In 2007, she quietly separated from Kelli.