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Sara Hammel
November 02, 2015 10:00 PM

It’s been a rough year for Rosie O’Donnell, but Monday night two bright spots in her life came together as her close friend Tatum O’Neal attended the Rosie’s Theater Kids Gala, benefiting O’Donnell’s namesake nonprofit.

As O’Neal arrived, O’Donnell beamed as some of the children for whom her organization provides free-of-charge arts-in-education excitedly posed on the red carpet and greeted the comic, actress and former talk-show host.

“Tatum is here to support her friend,” a source close to Rosie tells PEOPLE.

O’Donnell and O’Neal, who began dating over the summer, later broke up after much “tumult” in O’Donnell’s personal life, the source said. Her father died in August and her daughter [Chelsea] ran away (she has since been found, and has publicly complained about her life with O’Donnell).

But there have been hints O’Neal and O’Donnell are back on, with each sharing photos of one other on social media Friday.

In one image tweeted by O’Donnell, O’Neal stared off into the distance while her chin rested on her closed fist. “Then there is this,” she wrote. (A rep for O’Donnell has said the two were never in a relationship, telling PEOPLE “they’re friends.”)

As always, a happy source of inspiration for O’Donnell is the gala for Rosie’s Theater Kids, which offers low-income children more opportunities in the arts, school and life (last year’s raised nearly one million dollars).

Spurred on in part by a teacher she had when she was young “who loved me back to life, who told me I was worthy and important and good” after her mother had died two years earlier, and told PEOPLE at 2014’s event, “When I got to a point where I knew I could do that for other kids, that’s what I did,” she said.

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