The talk-show host, whose news leaked on Monday, said she didn't know how to announce it

By People Staff
December 07, 2011 08:30 AM

Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds actually got engaged a couple of months ago. But nobody knew until Monday because O’Donnell admits she was uncomfortable officially announcing it on her talk show.

“Michelle said to me a few months ago, when we got engaged, she said, ‘How come you didn’t say it on your show?’ And I was like, ‘Honey, I don’t know how.’ I didn’t know how to say it,” O’Donnell, 50, revealed Tuesday on OWN’s The Rosie Show.

This was a day after the engagement news leaked, when O’Donnell mentioned it during a break in taping and an audience member Tweeted it to the world.

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The comedian explained Tuesday that she’s never been comfortable talking about her love life in public, because she grew up performing in a time when gay people didn’t use their relationships as material.

And she’s got a lingering aversion to it. “You don’t want to become one of those celebrities that talks about their relationship ad nauseum and makes it into a fairy-tale thing,” she says. “And then they go and have an affair with somebody.” She added jokingly: “I don’t want to say any names.”