The comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer is one of the most loved celebrities in the USA. Ellen’s fans often ask who is Ellen DeGeneres married to? The answer is simple. She is married to Portia de Rossi. But who is Ellen DeGeneres wife Portia de Rossi and how did they meet?
Portia de Rossi is Ellen DeGeneres wife of nearly 11 years. Since getting together, Ellen and Portia have become one of the most loved and strongest couples in the celebrity world. Ellen makes people laugh every day, but when asked who makes the Metairie, Louisiana born comedian laugh, according to the comedian it’s Ellen’s wife.
How Did Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Meet?
In 2000, the comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer was introduced to Portia through mutual friends at a social gathering. However, at the time Portia who was staring in Ally McBeal was not openly gay. No one at that time would have thought that Portia would become Ellen’s wife.
Portia de Rossi Meet did not tell Ellen on their first meeting how she felt about her. It was not until years later she shared with Ellen her true feelings. In an interview with Oprah, she described how afraid she was about coming out and fearing it would be the end of her career.
“It took me three years to actually tell her how I felt about her because I was on Ally McBeal at the time and I was not living as an openly gay person. I was closeted and very, very afraid that if I talked about being gay, it would be the end of my career, so I wasn’t about to date the most famous lesbian in the world.”
2004 Ellen and Portia met at an awards event
Four years later Ellen and Portia met again at the VH1 Big in ’04 awards. Ellen was there to present, while the future Mrs. Ellen DeGeneres was there to receive an award. It was at this event where sparks between the couple started. Two weeks later after the event rumours started to fly around that Ellen has a new love interest.
August 2005: Portia Portia de Rossi opens up about her sexuality
In August 2005, Ellen DeGeneres wife openly spoke about her sexuality and talked about her love for Ellen. Portia said how happy she was with her sexuality and her love for Ellen.
“She’s incredible,” Portia said, “And it’s a very respectful, very loving, peaceful relationship. We have a lot in common; we share the same outlook on life. I really feel not alone for the first time in my life.”
May 16, 2008: Ellen announces to the world about their engagement on her show.
In 2008 the California Supreme Court did what it should have done many years earlier, and that was to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage. This prompted Ellen DeGeneres to share the exciting news that she was to marry Portia de Rossi.
The California Supreme Court overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage, and the TV host shared the good news with her audience. With Portia in the crowd, she also announced that the couple was getting married.
August 16, 2008: Portia and Ellen get married
August 16th, 2008 was the date that Portia became Ellen DeGeneres wife. The couple had an intimate ceremony at their Los Angeles home which was attended by 19 relatives and friends.
November 2009: Ellen Wife was officially introduced to the world with a big interview.
Ellen and Portia gave their first official interview as a married couple to Oprah
The interview was one of the most-watched in American TV history. The couple talked about how they met and about married life. They also talked about how important they felt it was to get married.
“It feels like you’re home. There’s an anchor. There’s a safety,” DeGeneres said. “We are all equal citizens, and we should have the same right that anybody else on this earth has.”
September 2010: Ellen DeGeneres Wife Changed her name to Portia DeGeneres.
Portia released a statement in September 2010 where she announced she had changed her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. Ellen DeGeneres wife was already loved by the nation, but the announcement made her even more popular with the comedy star’s fans.
Ellen DeGeneres wife gave a statement. “I am thrilled to legally adopt my wife’s name,” she said. “I will continue to use Portia de Rossi for professional purposes.”
September 2015: Fears that Ellen and Portia DeGeneres were going to split
In September 2015 stories were floating about that Ellen and Portia’s relationship was in serious trouble. However, Ellen’s wife denied this and Ellen herself laughed off the rumours on the Howard Stern show. She talked about how the stories were untrue and how she and Portia were very happy.
August 16, 2018: Ellen and Portia celebrate 10 years of marriage.
The happy couple celebrated ten years of marriage. The couple’s relationship is regarded as one of the strongest in the celebrity world.
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