Rosie O'Donnell and fiance Michelle Rounds postpone wedding due to tumor diagnosis
Rosie O'Donnell and her fiance Michelle Rounds have postponed their wedding after an unfortunate diagnosis, the talk show host announced on August 3.
O'Donnell revealed on her personal website that Rounds had been diagnosed with a Desmoid tumor from aggressive fibromatosis, after feeling a sharp pain on Mother's day. In her post, which was in poetry form, O'Donnell wrote, "desmoid tumors / odd and curious beasts / strong and sneaky / a non cancer that acts cancerous."
The actress and host wrote that there are only 900 cases a year of the "orphan disease," which affects 3 out of one million people. Rounds underwent surgery in June and is "getting stronger every day."
O'Donnell also addressed the couple's wedding plans, writing, "we had to postpone our wedding / re scheduled for next summer / in lieu of gifts / we ask for donations."
O'Donnell recently announced that she and Rounds were trying to have a baby together, telling Dr. Oz on "The Rosie Show," that Rounds was "trying to get pregnant."
O'Donnell announced her engagement on December 5, during a taping of her show. O'Donnell's spokesperson later confirmed the news to the Associated Press.
The 50-year-old host and comedienne met Rounds at a Starbucks last year. O'Donnell first publicly stepped out with Rounds on September 19 at her annual Rosie Theater Kids Gala in New York City.
"I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl, because that's what she looked like to me. And she's a 40-year-old gay woman," the comedian told "Nightline" correspondent Cynthia McFadden about the first time she met Rounds, in an October interview. "My gaydar was way off."
"I think if I had known that she was gay, I wouldn't have been brave enough to talk to her," O'Donnell revealed.
O'Donnell's OWN talk show "The Rosie Show" was cancelled in March, after one season on air.
Rounds is a corporate head hunter in New York. O'Donnell was previously married to long-time partner Kelli Carpenter from 2004 to 2007. The couple adopted three children: Sons Parker and Blake and daughter Chelsea. Carpenter also gave birth to a daughter named Vivienne Rose in 2002.
From 1996 to 2002, O'Donnell hosted her own daytime talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," which earned her six Daytime Emmys for outstanding talk show host. She later co-hosted "The View" in 2006 and left the show a year later.