Rosie O’Donnell on her engagement

Rosie O'Donnell didn't plan for the whole world to find out about her plans to marry

Rosie O’Donnell on her engagement
08 December 2011

Rosie O'Donnell's plans to marry Michelle Rounds just became public but the couple has actually already been engaged for months.

While O'Donnell was not yet planning to make any kind of public announcement, the television personality herself is responsible for the news getting out anyway. 

During a commercial break of a taping of The Rosie Show, her nightly cable talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, O'Donnell shared the news with guest RuPaul.

The Twiterverse then instantly exploded. 

'The audience heard it and somebody tweeted it,' an amused O'Donnell told her studio audience Wednesday. 'By the time I got home, it was everywhere! Not just with the tabloids, it was on the CNN crawl!'

It's a far different scenario than when O'Donnell had her syndicated daytime show in the 90s and steadfastly avoided talking about her romantic life. Back then, she stuck to safer topics like her children and her crush on actor Tom Cruise.

Rounds, who O'Donnell met earlier this year while waiting in line at a Starbucks, had asked her famous fiance why she hadn't mentioned their engagement on her show.

'Because I'm 50, it's very strange for me to talk about my love life publicly,' she said. 'When I had my [daytime] show, no one was really out on TV. Ellen [DeGeneres] wasn't out, Will & Grace wasn't on. I came up in comedy without ever mentioning my love life. … Well, now it's allowed because it's a whole different time.'

While O'Donnell was not out publicly during most of the 1996-2002 run of The Rosie O'Donnell Show. But by the time she joined ABC's The View as moderator in 2006, O'Donnell was one of the most famous lesbians in the world and regularly talked about then partner Kelli Carpenter and their four children. They began living apart in 2007 and the split became public two years later.

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