Mental illness is a horrible thing. And the effects are devastating.
TMZ reports that Rosie O’Donnell’s ex, Michelle Rounds, had committed suicide on Monday.
O’Donnell met Rounds in November 2011, and things moved quickly. They were engaged in December and were married in June 2012. They quickly tried to start a family, but Rounds couldn’t get pregnant, so they adopted a daughter, Dakota, in January 2013.
O’Donnell and Rounds split up in 2014, and the divorce was finalized a couple of years later. Custody of Dakota was a central issue in the divorce proceedings.
Michelle Rounds was found deceased in her home after she reportedly took her own life on Monday, the first day of National Suicide Prevention Week.
She was just 46.
Rounds had attempted suicide in September 2015, after she lost custody of Dakota to O’Donnell.
Rosie was incredibly accommodating to Rounds with regard to access to Dakota after that.
Rounds had ‘taken some pills and drank wine’ during that attempt according to an insider with knowledge of the situation.
O’Donnell did her best to help Rounds after the incident according to another source, and even let her see their child despite being granted full custody.
‘She’s bending over backwards and won’t try to prevent Rounds from seeing Dakota,’ said the source.
The situation was very sad, and Rounds was devastated when she lost custody of Dakota, who is now 4.
She was also very upset that Rosie was dating Tatum O’Neal.
The source also said that Rounds’ behavior had been erratic around that time, adding that she wanted O’Donnell back and was jealous of her new relationship with O’Neal.
‘Basically, Michelle is deeply in love with Rosie and wants her back. She hopes it can still happen,’ said the source.
‘It hasn’t been an easy time for Michelle with Rosie stepping out with her new girlfriend and losing custody of Dakota to her.’
Source: Daily Mail
It just goes to show you that you don’t always know what’s going on in someone’s life.
We are each our own little universe with good and bad happening in it. We cannot ever know everything that is going on in someone else’s life.
And, though we disagree with Rosie, this is a devastating loss for her and her daughter, Dakota.
These are real people and their loss is real.
It’s not the time to pile on blame or use this as a cudgel in a time of grief.