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Rosie O’Donnell Puts A Ring On Her Semi-Closeted Girlfriend Of Three Months


A photo Rosie tweeted of the diamond ring she's put on her fiancee, alongside the caption "so so so happy." Aww.

Rosie’s getting hitched for a second time… to a sexy headhuntress she met in an NYC Starbucks. The lovely lady, one Michelle Rounds, wasn’t out to her parents before the story hit the airwaves.

In a break between taping the “The Rosie Show” yesterday, she made the happy announcement to the studio audience. Her rep confirmed the union to the Daily News: “They are engaged, but no date has been set.” More details from the News:

O’Donnell, 49, and Rounds, 40, stepped out officially as a couple back in September and the TV host has often joked about their initial meeting at a local Starbucks.

“I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl, because that’s what she looked like to me. And she’s a 40-year-old gay woman,” O’Donnell said on ABC’s “Nightline” in October. “My gaydar was way off!”

Rounds’ family were taken by surprise as well.

It soon surfaced that none of her close relatives knew the headhunter was a lesbian until they read about it in the papers.

“It totally hit us out of left field,” Rounds’ father, Roger Rounds, told the National Enquirer in October. “This has been a painful experience for me and my wife.

“We’d always held out hope that Michelle would eventually find a nice guy to marry, settle down and have kids.”

Rounds will soon be, however, stepmom to O’Donnell’s four children from her previous marriage to Kelli Carpenter.

At least Rounds’ square parents didn’t cling desperately to the notion that she might eventually find a rich, famous television personality to grow old with. Now that would be ridiculous.

Photos via Twitter, david_shankbone’s Flickr

On:           Dec 6, 2011
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    • bagooka

      “This has been a painful experience for me and my wife.”

      It sure is nice to have supportive parents.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito

      I wish Rosie happiness.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tonya

      Michelle Rounds doesn’t need Rosie’s money… she makes more than enough on her own. She’s an IT Headhunter (a recruiter) for a LARGE firm in New York. She’s definitely not a gold digger….she can hold her own quite well from my understanding.

      Good for Rosie! But very cautious since its only been 3 months… talk about UHaul!!

      Dec 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Evan Mulvihill

      @GOD (gay old dude): I don’t think Michelle Rounds is at a loss for money. She’s a headhunter at an established firm.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ibarra

      @bagooka: some sensitivity should be afforded to parents of gay people. on top of just finding out their daughter is gay, they found it along with the rest of the country through third parties. let them grieve the loss of who they thought their daughter was before we judge them.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bagooka

      @ibarra: Stuff it up your ass. They should grieve for their own deadness because they found it shocking and hurtful.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vaggy

      I’m not sure three months is long enough to get to know her.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Evan Mulvihill

      @Vaggy: THEY’RE LESBIANS! Move in first, sex later.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe

      Congrats to Rosie and her new love. Wonderful news.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • George412

      Let’s be honset people there are degrees of gold digging. Rounds might be successful, but she certainly isn’t Rosie O’Donnell successful. She might be banking $500k but Rosie is worth a lot more. Not to mention Rosie’s fame grants Rounds access to a world she didn’t have before.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Global Traveler

      It takes us years to come to terms with our sexuality. It’s probably unreasonable to expect our parents to be able to do it overnight.

      Good luck to all of them.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      @Tonya: said…

      “Michelle Rounds doesn’t need Rosie’s money… she makes more than enough on her own. She’s an IT Headhunter (a recruiter) for a LARGE firm in New York. She’s definitely not a gold digger….she can hold her own quite well from my understanding.”

      LOL!!!!! Oh man, thanks for the laugh! Lets see, she makes from $80,000 – $150,000 in NYC which is a very expensive place to live, but oh yeah, she isn’t interested in a not terribly attractive famous woman who just HAPPENS to be worth 50 million. LOL!!!!!!!

      Oh, and by the way, kind of bitchy of her to have this all announced publicly without even giving her family a brief conversation first. But then again, gold diggers aren’t known for being sensitive.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tommy

      Rosie is becoming the new Liz Taylor. Hasn’t she been married at least three times now?

      Dec 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe

      @Cam: Some people with money freely share their good fortune with those they care about. BTW that is no one else’s business.

      Dec 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe

      I want those dental implants in the photo.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 12:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Absurdist

      Actually just the once. She had to marry Kelli twice, because the first one was a Gavin Newsom special.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 1:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Allen D.

      Much like ANY relationship — if you get engaged after 3 months, I will never take your relationship seriously. Grow up, people.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 3:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe

      @Allen D.: oh please. not everyone is 20 and three months is plenty time to know if you want to spend some time together.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 5:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      @ewe: said…

      “@Cam: Some people with money freely share their good fortune with those they care about. BTW that is no one else’s business.”

      That wasn’t the point of my post. The other poster tried to make it sound as if Rosie’s girlfriend was rich and on a par with Rosie financially and couldn’t be a goldigger. I pointed out that that was absolutely not the case, that her making something like 80 to 130 thousand a year in NYC is zero compared to the money that Rosie makes.

      As for it being nobody’s business…well then I guess Rosie wouldn’t have publically announced it on her radio show if she didn’t want anybody to notice it now would she?

      Dec 7, 2011 at 11:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Patric

      If any of my friends decided to “put a ring on it” after a mere 3 months I would caution them about rushing headlong into something. Of course, some Republican somewhere will start talking about how gays flit from relationship to relationship using her as an example…while totally ignoring or forgetting to mention the gays in 20+ year relationships trying to formalize their relationships legally.

      Dec 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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