Rosie and her wife of just over two years, Michelle Rounds, are said to have been living apart for three months.
Rosie O’Donnell is leaving daytime talk show ‘The View’ for the second time, in order to focus on her children, after splitting from Michelle Rounds. Rounds and O’Donnell married in 2012 and adopted a baby girl, Dakota, in January 2013, the couple are said to have been living apart since November.
O'Donnell is leaving 'The View' for the second time.
The split was confirmed by O’Donnell’s representative Cindi Berger, who told Page Six in a statement, "I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November.”
"Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention. This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first. ABC has been wonderfully understanding and supportive of her personal decision to leave 'The View.' Next week will be her last.”
A source close to the outspoken star described the situation to the New York Daily News saying, “It’s devastating personal circumstances — she just said, ‘I need to be with my family. This is very stressful. She’s splitting from her wife; she has two teenagers and a baby.”
O’Donnell first joined ‘The View’ in 2006, replacing Meredith Vieira, however the gig only lasted one season after terms of a contract extension could not be met. She had returned to the show in September 2014, along with sometime adversary Whoopi Goldberg and newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.
“Rosie is an immensely talented star who comes in each and every morning brimming with ideas, excitement and passion for the show,” said ABC in a statement.
“When she told us that she wanted to exit ‘The View,’ we respected and understood her desire to put her well-being and her family first.” O'Donnell's final week will begin on February 9th.
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