“Surprise surprise surprise,” Rosie O’Donnell is a married woman. The 50-year-old former talk-show host secretly exchanged wedding vows with former fiancée Michelle Rounds on June 9 during a private ceremony in New York, an O’Donnell rep recently disclosed. “They got married but they haven’t had the wedding celebration,” the rep added.
Monday, the former talk-show host announced in a blog post: “[W]e married in private / before her surgery / just the 2 of us,” O’Donnell wrote in her usual free-form style.
The two, who announced their engagement in December, had planned to wed in August. They moved up the date to June 9, right before Rounds’ first of several surgeries to remove gastrointestinal desmoid tumors, O’Donnell’s rep told People.
On her blog, O’Donnell noted that the scheduling change was fortunate, “as i was in ICU” on the date they’d originally earmarked, 10 days ago. On Aug. 14 she suffered a heart attack, though she didn’t immediately see a doctor.
“[W]hen we r both well enough / will have the wedding of r dreams / surrounded by those we cherish / thankful for the love and support / so many have given us / during these trying times,” she wrote, “including all of u / stranger-friends / connected thru invisible strands / of wi fi.”
Desmoid tumors are a rare, cancer-like illness, also known as aggressive fibromatosis, that can arise in any part of the body, according to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation. Though they cannot metastasize, they can destroy adjacent tissue, including organs, and can be life-threatening, the foundation’s website says.
O’Donnell said she’s been painting a lot since her heart attack and is currently EBay-auctioning several works to benefit the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.
Rosie has been blogging about changing her diet and adding exercise to her daily routine. But she promises that: “when we r both well enough will have the wedding of r dreams surrounded by those we cherish thankful for the love and support so many have given us during these trying times”
It’s a bit of good news for O’Donnell, who announced on her blog last week that she’d suffered a heart attack.