In a red carpet interview with People on Monday*,* O’Donnell confirmed the news—even joking that the couple haven’t exactly been hiding their engagement status. “She’s very much an equal, she’s very much her own person and loves what she does. She’s a pretty unbelievable young woman,” O’Donnell said. “She lives in Boston now and I live here in New York. It’s been a long-distance thing. It’s been great. I think she’s a wonderful woman.”
While O’Donnell acknowledged there’s indeed a bit of an age gap between the duo—The View alum is 56, while Rooney is 33—they’ve maintained a good sense of humor about the two decades of difference. “I keep telling her I’m too old for her. But she doesn’t seem to care,” O’Donnell explained. “She’s like, ‘I was in the Army! I put my life on the line every day—you think I don’t know who I want to date?’ I’m like, ‘All right I guess that’s true.’ She has a lot of good points.”
That humor, she added, also extends to when Rooney is occasionally mistaken for being O’Donnell’s newly pregnant daughter. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh my god, Chelsea looks so great.’ I’m like, ‘That’s not Chelsea. That’s my soon-to-be spouse,'” O’Donnell said. “It’s a little tricky. In the airport, people say, ‘Rosie, can I have a picture of you and your daughter?’ She doesn’t seem to think it’s an issue at all. Nobody ever does, but I do sometimes. I was already on Star Search by the time you were born.”
O’Donnell was previously married to Michelle Rounds, who passed away in 2017. Prior to that, the comedian was married to Kelli Carpenter-O’Donnell.