On Friday afternoon, Rosie O’Donnell announced to the studio audience of her OWN show that she is engaged to Michelle Rounds. Her publicist later confirmed the news, saying that the two got engaged weeks ago and intend to split their time between homes in New York City and Chicago.
So who is Michelle Rounds, exactly?
The future stepmother of O’Donnell’s 4 children is a businesswoman who O’Donnell met in a Starbucks early this year. They first went public with their relationship in September, walking the red carpet at the Building Dreams for Kids Gala in New York City.
A headhunter at an IT company, Rounds took O’Donnell by surprise. O’Donnell jokes that when she met, she thought that the 40-year-old was actually 28 — and heterosexual. “She didn’t look like any lesbian I’d ever met,” O’Donnell told People in October. “But it’s fun and very exciting.”
On Monday, while she celebrated her 12-year-old son Blake’s birthday, O’Donnell was still basking in the glow of the new engagement. She even tweeted a close-up photo of Rounds wearing a sparkling diamond ring, writing, “So so happy.”