According to Rosie O’Donnell, in response to her shock suicide on Friday, her ex-wife Michelle Rounds remarried and had a second child since their divorce.
She was showcasing her new life for the first time since her split from the comedian in 2014.
In a recent news report, it has been revealed that Rounds, 46, married Krista Monteleone in December, 2016, and that the couple lived quietly in Windermere, Florida, with their new daughter at the time of her death.
On September 11, police located Rounds inside her home shortly after 7 a.m. There is no information regarding the cause of her death or who called for assistance. After her acrimonious split from O’Donnell, she attempted suicide once and was found inside a hotel room locked up with what appeared to be a cocktail of ‘wine and pills’.
In December of last year, Michelle Rounds (L) and Krista Monteleone (R) were married. In September 2011, Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-girlfriend, Rounds, was found dead in her Florida home following an apparent suicide.
Trolls attempted to blame her famous ex for her death and accused her of keeping Dakota away from their four-year-old daughter.
The critics were dismissed by O’Donnell, noting that she renounced her custody rights during their 2015 court battle. As a result of losing custody to Dakota, Michelle has spent time with her at the permission of O’Donnell since then.
In a statement on Friday, the comedian said she was saddened by Michelle’s death and called for increased mental health awareness.
In the near future, her family will hold a private funeral service in her home state of New York. According to her obituary, Michelle was a very industrious individual who had a strong desire to better herself and others.
As an individual, she was very loving, giving and caring, and would be of assistance to anyone in need. ‘Michelle will be remembered for her beautiful smile and beautiful long flowing red hair; her signature some would say.
‘She loved her family and friends unconditionally. There is no reason to be fooled by Michelle’s appearance, she is a high-class “tomboy” who is a sharp shooter, enjoys boxing, golfing and the great outdoors.
On Friday, O’Donnell revealed Rounds’ new relationship with Monteleone for the first time.
After she learned that her ex had died, O’Donnell was attacked on Twitter by trolls who accused her of causing her death by not letting her see their shared daughter.
In January 2014, Rounds was the adoptive mother of O’Donnell’s youngest daughter Dakota, 4 (Rounds and O’Donnell above with Dakota).
A day after Rounds’ death, O’Donnell advocated for increased mental health awareness. According to the family, memorial donations should be made to The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation in New York in her honor.
In 2013, she and O’Donnell adopted their daughter Dakota after she battled desmoid tumors.
On Friday afternoon, TMZ reported that the woman had committed suicide. In 2011, she began dating O’Donnell. The couple married in June of the following year, but separated two years later and eventually divorced.
In 2012, just a few months after their private ceremony, the couple adopted Dakota, who is now 4 and lives with the O’Donnell family.
In September of 2015, Rounds attempted suicide, and a friend had the hotel security kick down the door to prevent her from taking her own life.
‘I am deeply saddened by the news of this tragic event. In many families, mental illness is a very serious problem. Michelle’s family, her husband Krista and their child are in my thoughts and prayers,’ said O’Donnell.
Tragedy: On Monday, Michelle Rounds was found dead inside her home after committing suicide at the age of 46 (Rounds and O’Donnell above in 2014).
Tribute: On Friday, O’Donnell posted a drawing made by the couple’s daughter Dakota, in which she wrote about how much she loved her mother
A drawing by Dakota, the couple’s daughter, was posted by O’Donnell on Friday. Dakota wrote how much she loved her mother in the drawing.
ROSIE O’DONNELL’S STATEMENT ON EX’S SUICIDE
‘I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy’. ‘Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families.’ ‘My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s family, her wife Krista and their child.’ There is some confusion as to whether that refers to O’Donnell or Rounds.
According to a source, Rounds attempted suicide in 2015 shortly after losing custody of her daughter Dakota.
A week earlier, form our resources we received, exclusive photos of O’Donnell and her then-girlfriend Tatum O’Neal enjoying a romantic getaway at the television host’s West Palm Beach home.
During their stay at the newly purchased $4.975 million mansion, the couple was photographed by the pool and enjoying time on the water in O’Donnell’s boat.
Both O’Donnell and O’Neal required downtime as they recovered from health scares at the time, with O’Donnell undergoing a minor heart procedure in New York at the beginning of that month, and Tatum undergoing a second knee surgery in Los Angeles.
In 2015, Rounds attempted suicide shortly after losing custody of Dakota, the couple’s daughter.
“Now I am clean, aware, alive, and interested in the world,” Tatum told Harper’s Bazaar at the time.
“I dated in the heterosexual world until about four years ago, when I began to consider dating women – just thinking about it.”.
According to sources, O’Donnell’s estranged wife was unable to cope with the couple’s not-so-secret relationship.
According to an insider with knowledge of the situation, Rounds locked herself in her hotel room around that time and drank wine and pills.
According to another source, O’Donnell attempted to assist Rounds after the incident, even allowing her to see their child despite having full custody.
She is willing to bend over backwards and not try to prevent Rounds from seeing Dakota, according to the source. Additionally, the source indicated that Rounds’ behavior had been erratic around that time, adding that she wanted O’Donnell back and was jealous of O’Neal’s new relationship.
As a matter of fact, Michelle is deeply in love with Rosie and wishes to have her back. ‘She hopes that it can still happen,’ the source said.
With Rosie walking out with her new girlfriend and Michelle losing custody of Dakota to her, Michelle has not had an easy time.
Caffinated in love: During the summer of 2011, Rosie approached Rounds in a Starbucks after noticing the puppy’s cute face.
During the summer of 2011, Rosie approached Rounds in a Starbucks because she thought his puppy was cute, and the two immediately became infatuated.
After Rounds failed to get pregnant and Rosie suffered a heart attack, Rounds and O’Donnell were engaged in December of that year, and they were married in June of the following year in a private ceremony.
In January 2013, Rounds announced that the couple had adopted a baby girl in response to his battle with desmoid tumors.
While divorce proceedings were underway, Dakota’s custody was at the forefront of the discussion. In the beginning, Rounds had requested sole custody, claiming that she was an attentive parent.
Tough time: Blake tried to commit suicide with pills and wine in 2015, but a friend forced security to break down her hotel room door (from left to right: Blake, Vivienne, O’Donnell, Rounds, Chelsea, and a friend in 2014).
Additionally, she argued that O’Donnell should undergo drug testing because of her excessive drinking and marijuana use. Through it all, Rounds maintained that she was not seeking to profit from the prolonged proceedings, claiming she had accumulated sufficient wealth as a result of her own career success.
Additionally, O’Donnell has four older children: sons Blake and Parker, and daughters Chelsea and Vivienne. At the age of 17, Chelsea, who had another adopted mother in O’Donnell’s former wife Kelli Carpenter, fled home to live with an addict and his family.
As soon as O’Donnell learned that the girl had left home, he notified the police, but once the girl reached the age of 18, she decided to move out and live with her birth mother.
Currently, Chelsea, 19, is married and living on Long Island with her husband. The child Vivienne Carpenter is Carpenter’s biological child. It was conceived during Carpenter’s marriage to O’Donnell with the assistance of a donor.