(VARIETY) — For six seasons on her ’90s daytime talk show, Rosie O’Donnell spoke openly about the struggles associated with her childhood. At the age of 10, she lost her mom Roseann to breast cancer, which shaped the rest of her life.

In an upcoming book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’” by Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh, O’Donnell talks publicly for the first time about another dark aspect of her youth.

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