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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi

Portrait of a Relationship

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Ellen DeGeneres is an actress and TV talk show host. Portia de Rossi is an actress who was born in Australia.
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi

Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi

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How They Met

Portia de Rossi met Ellen DeGeneres in 2000 and although there was chemistry, she didn't pursue it. Portia said in an interview in The Advocate "I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot [in 2004] and she took my breath away. That had never happened to me in my life, where I saw somebody and [experienced] all of those things you hear about in songs and read about in poetry. My knees were weak."

Their Relationship Begins

Ellen and Portia began their relationship in December 2004, after seeing each other again at VH1's Big in '04 awards show.

Ellen's Past Loves

Ellen DeGeneres dated Anne Heche and Alexandra Hedison before meeting Portia.

Portia's Past Loves

Portia dated Francesca Gregorini for two years before she met Ellen.

Marriage and Children?

Ellen announced on her show on May 16th, 2008: "Yesterday, if you haven't heard, the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on gay marriage. So I would like would like to say, right now for the first time, I am announcing I am getting married."

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were married on August 16th, 2008 in a small ceremony at their home.

Will Ellen & Portia have children? "Never say never," Ellen said in People. "When I'm around babies, I just melt."

Ellen & Portia's Love Quotes:

  • Ellen said in People, "We were just supposed to be together."
  • Portia gushed about Ellen in the Advocate, "Just being a couple - being able to walk down a red carpet holding her hand, that's exciting for me. I respect her so much. She was so courageous and so loud in '97, and now she is doing something that is more subliminal. She's changing the world, she really is, and it's exciting to be a part of that.
  • In the Advocate Ellen said, "I could say the same thing I've said in every relationship: I'm happy. But there's happiness and there's love, and then there's completion."
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