updated 01/17/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/17/2012 AT 5:15 PM ET
“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.