Well, we certainly didn’t see this one coming from a mile away. Rosie O’Donnell might be dating actress Tatum O’Neal.
This is a shock mostly due to the fact that until recently, Tatum O’Neal was attracted to men. In fact, she was married to tennis star John McEnroe for eight years.
So where is Rosie in this equation? Well, according to E! O’Donnell and O’Neal grew close several years ago after meeting in Chicago. The two were both in town to film separate episodes for the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Rumors started to swirl that Rosie and Tatum were a couple, or at least flirting with romance, when they were spotted at the Broadway show Hamilton, which recently opened up. After that, the two were seen out on a dinner date back in August. According to Page Six, during dinner O’Donnell, whose experienced recent heartache in her personal life, seemed “happy and relaxed.”
O’Donnell, who is very open with her feelings on her personal blog and on Twitter, tweeted about O’Neal’s article with Harper’s Bazaar about her “sexual awakening.” Now, this could very well be a friend supporting another in her time of need, but rumors are still swirling about the two.
Back in May, Tatum O’Neal opened up to People about her attraction towards women. At the time O’Neal said, “I like women. I definitely have been dating mostly women recently. I’m not one or the other.”
O’Neal said that she doesn’t identify herself as bi-sexual, lesbian or heterosexual. “I think women are the most amazing creatures on earth. They’re gentle, and also more intelligent than the men that I’ve met recently. I don’t have a steady right now, but I look forward to it.”
A source also told People magazine that this romance is definitely happening. “They are romantically involved. It’s a bicoastal relationship. They are confidantes. They are hanging out. They have seen each other on both coasts, in Nyack and in Los Angeles.”
Meanwhile, O’Donnell’s rep told E! that there’s no truth to this rumor and that the two are nothing more than friends. This isn’t the first time that line has been given out by someone’s publicist so it’s not ordinary that they may not be coming forward with their relationship until they’re on solid ground.
A source from Star magazine suggested just that, “They aren’t quite ready to go public with their romance. They’ve known each other for a while, but the secrecy of their dating has made it more exciting.” Then again, Star magazine isn’t exactly the greatest tabloid out there on the market, so for now this one remains unsolved.
Even if this couple is just a product of gossip, Rosie and Tatum are getting all kinds of reactions on Twitter.
@people Run Tatum Run!
— Winston (@PeeWeeWinston) September 2, 2015
— Anastasia Gotsulias (@StaceGots) September 2, 2015
Excuse me but in this Cate Blanchett/Lucille Ball/Aaron Sorkin excitement did you forget that ROSIE O’DONNELL AND TATUM O’NEAL ARE IN LOVE? — Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) September 2, 2015
[Photo by ABC]