Rosie O'Donnell: Michelle & I Have Been Engaged For 'Months'

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Rosie O'Donnell attends Rosie's Building Dreams for Kids Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis, NYC, on September 19, 2011 -- WireImage

It's been a whirlwind romance for Rosie O'Donnell and her fiancée Michelle Rounds, who announced their engagement on Monday after going public with their romance in September.

Now, Rosie, 49, has revealed they have been engaged for quite some time, though the talk show host initially opted to keep the news private.

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"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," Rosie said Tuesday, on her Oprah Winfrey Network talk show, "The Rosie Show."

Rosie - who has four children with former partner Kelli Carpenter and split from ex-girlfriend Tracy Kachtick-Anders in February - admitted the idea of putting her love life out there for the public makes her uncomfortable.

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"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 said. "And then they go and have an affair with somebody.

"I don't want to say any names," she added, jokingly.

As previously reported on, Rosie's rep confirmed the engagement news to Access on Monday.

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The rep told Access the two will continue to split their time between New York City and Chicago, where the star films "The Rosie Show."

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