Rosie O’Donnell is set to divorce from her second wife after less than three years of marriage. The 52-year-old comedian confirmed in February that she is indeed separating from wife Michelle Rounds and that the two have been living apart since November. She officially initiated the divorce process with a filing in Manhattan on Friday, February 27th.
The actress chose to file an uncontested proceeding against her spouse, suggesting that she is not anticipating any major conflict. The couple reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement prior to their wedding in 2012, which is expected to help streamline the upcoming divorce process.
The news of her second divorce comes shortly after O’Donnell’s second departure from ABC’s talk show “The View”. She had left the show abruptly in 2007 amid controversy and returned for the first time in September of last year. O’Donnell is citing personal reasons for her decision to leave the show for a second time. Her recent exit from the talk show is being attributed to her relationship troubles as well as her desire to spend more time with family and focus on her home life.
“Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention,” said her representative, Cindi Berger, in a statement to Us Weekly. “This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first.”
O’Donnell began dating Rounds in 2011 and they were married in June 2012. The couple adopted a baby girl named Dakota together in 2013. Now a busy mother of five, O’Donnell also has three children with her previous wife Kelli Carpenter, to whom she was married from 2004 to 2007.