EXCLUSIVE: Rosie O'Donnell's Estranged Wife Michelle Rounds Steps Out Day After Hospitalization
By Emily Krauser
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Just one day after her release from the hospital, Michelle Rounds is back on her feet.
Rosie O'Donnell's estranged wife, who was hospitalized late Tuesday night after what one source described as a bad reaction to medication, was seen smiling at passersby and getting her nails done at a local salon in Nyack, New York, with her mother.
When reached by ET, Rounds said she had "no comment" on her medical situation.
The 44-year-old tech-company headhunter was reportedly staying at a nearby Doubletree Hotel in Nanuet, New York, when she was brought to the Nyack Hospital for what a source close to Rounds told ET was "a reaction to medication she was taking both for stress and for her condition [of desmoid tumors]."
Though it was reported that Rounds had tried to commit suicide, the source vehemently denied this, telling ET that she was released on Wednesday and would have been held at the hospital if she had tried to take her own life.
"Being in the public eye is difficult. This life is stressful for her," the source added. "Michelle is taking the time she needs to focus on herself and her daughter."
On Thursday, TMZ reported that sources familiar with the situation said Rounds "overdosed on pills after threatening to end her life," but that O’Donnell called and kept her on the phone while summoning EMTs to the hotel.
Rounds is in the middle of a heated custody battle with O'Donnell over their daughter, Dakota, and filed for full custody of the 2-year-old in New York back in April. According to Rounds’ attorney, this was "necessary to protect the child’s general welfare." Their next court date is Oct. 21.
Rounds and O'Donnell married on June 9, 2012. They split last November, and the 53-year-old comedian filed for divorce in February.
O'Donnell has dealt with a number of familial difficulties over the last few months. Her oldest daughter, Chelsea, ran away in August to be with 25-year-old Steven Sheerer, who was later charged with third-degree distribution of obscenity to a minor and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Chelsea then moved in with her birth mother.
On Thursday, in the midst of her ongoing troubles with both her daughter and ex-wife, O'Donnell posted a #tbt of Chelsea as a little girl with the hashtag "helpless."