Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Rooney are engaged after over a year of dating, the comedian announced on Monday after weeks of speculation.
The two have been public with their relationship since November of 2017, when Donnell said during the Howard Stern show that she is currently dating a younger woman. Donnell said that while they got along well, she did not want to get married ever again.
Donnell announced the news at the 15th anniversary celebration of her organization, Rosie’s Theater Kids, She told People that even though the two are engaged, their marriage is “a long time in the future” which was a mutual decision they both made.
Donnell also said that Rooney is a wonderful woman, also addressing that the couple make it work despite being in a long distance relationship. A source told Journal Post that the couple do not have any plans of living together any time soon.
While Rooney lives in Boston, Donnell is in New York due to the demands of her job. Donnell also explained that she is proud to be with a veteran and someone who was an undefeated boxer during her time of service.
Joking about their age difference, Donnell said, “I keep telling her I’m too old for her. But she doesn’t seem to care. She’s like, ‘I was in the Army! I put my life on the line every day you think I don’t know who I want to date?’ I’m like, ‘Alright I guess that’s true.’ She has a lot of good points.”
Donnel is 56 years old while Rooney is only 33, creating a 23 year difference between them.
She also related how its awkward when fans sometimes mistake Rooney for Donnell’s estranged daughter Chelsea, saying she has to correct them and let them know that they are looking at her soon to be wife.
She added that Rooney does not mind this confusion at all, saying, “She doesn’t seem to think it’s an issue at all. Nobody ever does, but I do sometimes. I was already on Star Search by the time you were born.”
Rooney seemed to confirm her romance with Donnell a while ago, when she added an R and an engagement ring to her Instagram bio. Our source added that the ring shown off by Rooney on Instagram was purchased for her by Donnell.
Donnell was previously married to Michelle Rounds, who died of a suicide in September 2017. The couple share a 5 year old daughter Dakota. Before that, Donnell was married to Kelli Carpenter-O’Donnell with whom she had sons Parker and Blake, and daughters Vivienne and Chelsea.
Rosie O’Donnell is estranged from 21 year old Chelsea.