Two years after partner Kelli Carpenter moved out, she's still adjusting to life on her own

By Isley Kasica
November 24, 2009 10:00 AM

Living single is less than rosy for Rosie O’Donnell.

“I’m not [enjoying the single life],” O’Donnell told PEOPLE Monday at Rosie’s Broadway Extravaganza annual gala. “But on we grow, so to speak.”

Earlier this month, O’Donnell revealed on her SIRIUS Satellite radio show that her longtime partner Kelli Carpenter had moved out two years ago.

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Accompanied at the gala by her son Parker, 15, the former View co-host side -stepped other questions regarding her personal life but says that through everything, her four kids are doing “very well.”

Her friend Judy Gold says O’Donnell waited two years to let the public know of the split because of her children. “She has the kids,” said Gold. “I think she’s entitled to her private life and that s what it is, private.”

Although O’Donnell may not enjoy being single, Gold said that “Ro” is getting by just fine: “She seems happy and grounded. She’s in the drivers seat here.”

O’Donnell’s annual Broadway Extravaganza, held in New York City, is a fundraiser for her arts education organization, Rosie’s Kids.