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    Rosie O’Donnell’s new girlfriend is a Worcester cop

    Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Rooney
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    Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Rooney.

    You may have noticed Rosie O’Donnell has been spending a lot of time in Boston.

    There’s good reason: O’Donnell is hard at work on Showtime’s new South Boston-based series “SMILF,” which most critics agree is good and could, eventually, be great. On the show, O’Donnell plays Tutu, a tough, narcissistic mom who struggles with manic depression.

    But there’s something — or someone — else keeping O’Donnell in the area. The former cohost of “The View” has a new girlfriend and their relationship has gotten very serious very fast. Promoting “SMILF” the other day on “The Howard Stern Show,” Rosie said she’s smitten.

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    “I am in love,” she told Stern. “It’s the first time I’ve dated someone younger than me and it’s a very trippy thing.”

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    Through a bit of online sleuthing we’ve learned that O’Donnell’s new lady friend is Elizabeth Rooney, a 33-year-old Worcester police officer. (O’Donnell is 55.) We’re told Rooney has been an officer for about a year and a half, and is assigned to the WPD’s mounted unit. In the past month, Rosie has posted a couple of photos of Rooney, including this one of her in uniform.

    yes officer

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    The couple apparently met at a charity event while O’Donnell has been in town shooting “SMILF.” In the interview with Stern, O’Donnell, who’s been married twice before — her second wife, Michelle Rounds, committed suicide two years after the pair divorced — said she’s not interested in walking down the aisle again.

    “I think that, for me, being 55, I think I would just rather stay in it for love and not have to deal with lawyers if God forbid it didn’t work out.” O’Donnell said.

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