Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell kept her engagement to Michelle Rounds secret for months because she felt uncomfortable publicising their happy news.
O'Donnell let the big secret slip during a break in taping The Rosie Show on Monday (05Dec11) and an audience member posted her announcement on Twitter.com.
The actress decided to discuss her romance on her TV show the following day (06Dec11), telling viewers she has always been reluctant to talk openly about her private life.
She explains, "Michelle said to me a few months ago, when we got engaged, she said, 'How come you didn't say it on your show?' And I was like, 'Honey, I don't know how.' I didn't know how to say it.
"You don't want to become one of those celebrities that talks about their relationship ad nauseum and makes it into a fairy tale thing. And then they go and have an affair with somebody. I don't want to say any names."
O'Donnell and Rounds are planning to exchange vows over the Christmas (11) season.
Listen to their song 'She Takes You Under' now.