Funny lady Rosie O’Donnell is engaged to her girlfriend of a year, police officer Elizabeth Rooney. This will be the third marriage for the sometimes controversial comedienne. Rosie’s future wife, is much younger than her, with a 23 year age difference. They became engaged over the summer, but decided to keep the news on the ‘down low’ for a while due to Rooney’s job with the police force. The Emmy winner revealed to Howard Stern in November 2017, that ‘she was in love.’ She said, “It’s the first time I’ve ever dated someone younger than me, and it’s a very trippy thing.”
O’Donnell said, “We get along so well, it’s kind of fascinating, the one thing she didn’t know about was Barbara Streisand. I made her watch ‘Funny Girl’, she was like ok.” O’Donnell has long declared that she is ‘Streisand’s ‘super fan of the century’, and had the legendary singer on her talk show in the 90’s. Some fans are surprised that O’Donnell is getting married again. She told Stern that she would never ever walk down the aisle again. The New York native said, “I would rather stay in it for love and not deal with lawyers, god forbid it doesn’t work out.”
A source familiar with the couple say the pair met at a theater benefit in New York two years ago. They didn’t start dating until a year later when they ran into each other at the same benefit. Rosie’s first wife was Kelli Carpenter from 2004 to 2007, they have four children together. Rosie married her second wife Michelle Rounds in 2012, they adopted a girl, Dakota,5. O’Donnell filed for divorce from Rounds in 2015 after being separated for a year. O’Donnell was awarded full custody of Dakota, Rounds committed suicide in 2017. O’Donnell has spoken publicly about her life long battle with mental health, and said that Rounds was extremely mentally unbalanced, and that was the main cause of their breakup.