Rosie O’Donnell: Early Heartbreak Helped Me Find Real Love

updated 01/17/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 01/17/2012 AT 5:15 PM ET

Rosie O’Donnell is happily engaged to Michelle Rounds, but she says a bad breakup helped her on the road to real love.

“I was properly in love I’d say three times,” O’Donnell tells Piers Morgan on his show airing Tuesday night. The comedian says that her earliest true love, with a woman O’Donnell does not name, was painful but necessary.

“You have one relationship in your life that’s kind of crazy and out of control a little bit and that usually doesn’t last very long but takes you into the deep water,” she says.

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