A representative for Rosie O'Donnell said Thursday that rumors claiming the comedian and former "View" co-host is dating actress Tatum O'Neal are false.
"No, they've been friends for several years since they met in Chicago when Rosie did a show for OWN and Tatum did a docuseries for OWN," spokeswoman Cindi Berger said in a statement to Newsday. A representative for O'Neal did not respond to a request for comment.
People magazine on Thursday repeated a rumor first mentioned in the tabloid magazine Star, which itself had followed reports that Commack native O'Donnell, 53, and O'Neal, 51, had dinner together at the Greenwich Village restaurant Da Silvano on Aug. 7. While tabloids also noted that the two had attended the opening of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" on Aug. 6, a multitude of other stars did as well, and the two evidently were not photographed together.
O'Neal said in May that she is bisexual and dating primarily the same sex. "I like women," she told People magazine. "I definitely have been dating mostly women recently." She added that she does not view herself as either lesbian or straight, saying, "I'm not one or the other."
The youngest person to win a competitive Academy Award -- taking home the statuette at age 10 for her supporting role opposite her father, Ryan O'Neal, in 1973's "Paper Moon" -- O'Neal in the People interview called women "the most amazing creatures on earth," adding, "They're gentle, and also more intelligent than the men that I've met recently. I don't have a steady right now, but I look forward to it."
O'Neal married tennis star John McEnroe in Oyster Bay in August 1986, three months after the birth of their first child, Kevin, 29. They went on to have son Sean, 27, and daughter Emily, 24, before separating in late 1992 and later divorcing.
O'Donnell married Kelli Carpenter in February 2004 during a window in which San Francisco conducted same-sex marriages. The California Supreme Court annulled their marriage and thousands of others that August. The couple broke up in 2007. O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds married in June 2012, but O'Donnell filed for divorce in February of this year. She has five children.