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Rosie O'Donnell (left) and Michelle Rounds.
Congratulations to Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds, who were married in a private ceremony in New York on June 9, 2012.
The couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2011, announced their engagement in December. They originally planned to wed in August, but decided to have the ceremony in June because Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors and faced surgery. Ironically, the August wedding would have had to be delayed because O'Donnell suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital on their original wedding date. They plan a celebration later in the year.
O'Donnell announced the news in a poem on her blog:
we were to wed 10 days ago but her illness forced us to postpone the wedding
luckily--as i was in ICU that day
when it rains . . .
like love and flowers
so on we go
we married in private
before her surgery
just the 2 of us
She goes on to promise that when they are both well they will have the wedding of their dreams.The marriage is the second for O'Donnell, who wed Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco in 2004 when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom authorized the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples at City Hall. The marriage was later invalidated by the California Supreme Court and the couple ended their relationship in 2009.
In the clip below from The Rosie Show, O'Donnell discusses how her engagement to Rounds became public.