Gay Issues

Parents of Michelle Rounds, Rosie O'Donnell's Girlfriend, Didn't Know She was Gay

| by Michael Allen

Michelle Rounds, who is Rosie O'Donnell's new girlfriend, apparently shocked her parents with her new romance as they were not aware that she was a lesbian.

Rounds' dad, Roger Rounds, told the National Enquirer: "It totally hit us out of left field. We only found about Michelle liking girls when all this came out about them a few weeks ago. It's been hard to take."

Rounds met O'Donnell over the summer when the two were at the same coffee shop.

"I walked into a Starbucks in the summer and she was holding a little puppy," O'Donnell said on ABC's 'Nightline.' O'Donnell said she struck up a conversation about dogs and how she was looking for a second one because she had just moved to Chicago for her new talk show.

O'Donnell claims that she had no intention of picking up Rounds when she first met her: "I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl because that's what she looked like to me."

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O'Donnell recently told Howard Stern that she had met Rounds' parents and the two were talking about marriage, but Michelle's dad says that isn't true: "I've never met the woman and I have no real desire to at this point," he said, though he did admit O'Donnell had met his wife.

He added: "This has been a painful experience for me and my wife. We'd always held out hope that Michelle would eventually find a nice guy to marry, settle down and have kids. And now this, it's pretty shocking stuff for us to digest."