Comedian Rosie O’Donnell reveals she is engaged to her girlfriend
The US star went public with her relationship with Elizabeth Rooney in 2017.
Comedian Rosie O’Donnell has revealed she is engaged to her girlfriend.
The 56-year-old told People magazine she and Elizabeth Rooney, 33, are set to marry – but said a ceremony could be a “long time” in the future.
O’Donnell – known for being a former host of US talk show The View as well as a prominent advocate for LGBT rights – described Rooney as a “wonderful woman”.
The couple first went public with their relationship in November 2017 and have been living in different cities.
O’Donnell said: “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.”
The comedian praised her fiancee for being an Army veteran as well as being an undefeated boxer during her time in the military.
She added: “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.”
O’Donnell also joked about their 23-year age gap and told People: “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 ‘All right, I guess that’s true.’ She has a lot of good points.”
O’Donnell became a household name in the US while hosting The Rosie O’Donnell Show from 1996 to 2002.
As the Emmy-winning daytime television talk show was coming to an end, O’Donnell came out and announced she was gay.
She later went on to co-host The View.
O’Donnell has been involved in a long-running feud with US President Donald Trump.