Comedian Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds, who married in 2012, have finalized the divorce for which O’Donnell filed in February of last year.
People magazine said Wednesday that a representative for the Commack-born O’Donnell, who turned 54 on March 21, confirmed that a final court appearance is scheduled for Thursday in Manhattan. “The divorce is finalized; this is just a formality for the paperwork to be submitted,” the representative said.
The couple settled negotiations in October, agreeing to “joint legal custody” of their daughter Dakota, born in January 2013.ROSIE THEN & NOWRosie O'Donnell through the yearsPhotos24 gay celeb couples, past and presentPhotosBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, more celeb splits
O’Donnell in summer 2011 met Rounds, then an executive search consultant, at a Starbucks. “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,” O’Donnell told Cynthia McFadden on “Nightline” that October. “My gaydar was way off!” That December they announced they had become engaged, and the couple were wed in a private ceremony in New York on June 9, 2012.
Former “The View” co-host O’Donnell had married Kelli Carpenter in February 2004 during a window in which San Francisco conducted same-sex marriages. The California Supreme Court annulled their and thousands of other marriages that August. The couple broke up in 2007.
O’Donnell, whose recent TV appearances include a recurring role on the Freeform (formerly ABC Family) series “The Fosters,” has four other children: Parker Jaren, whom she adopted in 1995; Chelsea Belle, adopted in 1997; Blake Christopher, adopted with Carpenter in 1999; and Vivienne Rose, 10, born to Carpenter through artificial insemination.