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Comedian Rosie O’Donnell reveals she’s engaged to policewoman Elizabeth Rooney

Tuesday - 23/10/2018 11:47
COMEDIAN and actor Rosie O’Donnell will be walking down the aisle a third time after revealing she’s getting married to a Boston policewoman. Just don’t mention the age difference.

AMERICAN comedian and actor Rosie O’Donnell has announced that she’s engaged to girlfriend Elizabeth Rooney after a year together.

Speaking to People magazine, O’Donnell confirmed the couple’s engagement but said they hadn’t set a date.

“This is a long time in the future. We both decided that that would be best,” O’Donnell told the magazine at an event in New York.

Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Rooney have been together for the past year. Picture: Instagram
Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Rooney have been together for the past year. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied

O’Donnell described her policewoman fiance as a “wonderful woman”, and revealed they have been living in separate cities since they went public with their romance a year ago.

“She lives in Boston now and I live here in New York. It’s been a long-distance thing. It’s been great. I think she’s a wonderful woman,” O’Donnell said.

“She’s very much an equal, she’s very much her own person and loves what she does. She’s a pretty unbelievable young woman,” she added.

Rosie O’Donnell with second wife, Michelle Rounds. Rounds took her own life in 2017. Picture: AP
Rosie O’Donnell with second wife, Michelle Rounds. Rounds took her own life in 2017. Picture: APSource:AP
 
Rosie O'Donnell with first wife Kelli O'Donnell. The couple split in 2007. Picture: Supplied
CaptionRosie O'Donnell with first wife Kelli O'Donnell. The couple split in 2007. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Corp Australia

O’Donnell joked to People about the pair’s 23-year age gap, saying: “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?’

Rosie O'Donnell on screen with her good mate Madonna in A League of Their Own. Picture: Supplied
Rosie O'Donnell on screen with her good mate Madonna in A League of Their Own. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

“I’m like, ‘All right I guess that’s true.’ She has a lot of good points.”

Rooney also shared the news on her Instagram account with a picture showing off her engagement ring alongside the caption “YES” and an engagement ring emoji.

Rosie O'Donnell, a staunch critic of Donald Trump, protested the US President with other Broadway performers out the front of the White House last August. Picture: AFP
Rosie O'Donnell, a staunch critic of Donald Trump, protested the US President with other Broadway performers out the front of the White House last August. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

O’Donnell also said that people have confused Rooney with her daughter Chelsea, 20.

“A lot of people say, ‘Oh my god, Chelsea looks so great,’” she said. “I’m like, ‘That’s not Chelsea. That’s my soon-to-be spouse.’

Elizabeth Rooney is a policewoman based in Boston. Picture: Instagram
Elizabeth Rooney is a policewoman based in Boston. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied

“It’s a little tricky … she doesn’t seem to think it’s an issue at all. Nobody ever does, but I do sometimes.”
This will be O’Donnell’s third marriage.

The star was previously married to businesswoman Michelle Rounds, who died of an apparent suicide in September 2017, with whom she shared daughter Dakota, 5.

Rosie O'Donnell with Meg Ryan in the 1990s classic, Sleepless in Seattle. Picture: Supplied
Rosie O'Donnell with Meg Ryan in the 1990s classic, Sleepless in Seattle. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

She was also previously married to Kelli Carpenter-O’Donnell from 2004-2007, and they share four children; son, Parker, 23, son Blake, 18, daughter Vivienne, 15 and daughter Chelsea, 21, with whom the comedian has had a rocky relationship.

O’Donnell has also been linked to actress Tatum O’Neal, who was once married to tennis icon John McEnroe.

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