Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi are “on the rocks” because they’re so rich

You know what I kind of love? I love that the tabloid/celebrity/media culture has quickly accepted that gay couples are exactly the same as straight couples as far as potential for drama/controversy/scandal etc. I kind of like that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi aren’t “above” getting some juicy breakup rumors, and that they’re not put on some pedestal as “the lesbians who are perfect because they have to be because they are the representation of all gay couples who want to get married.” Because real life is complicated, and gay married couples have drama in their marriages too, and why not talk about it? The Enquirer says Ellen and Portia are having problems. Sure. I’ll believe that:

Ellen DeGeneres is now TV’s highest-rated and most beloved talk-show host – but her incredible success is destroying her marriage to Portia de Rossi! Insiders say Ellen and Portia are being driven further and further apart as Ellen’s career continues to soar to new heights.

“Sadly, Ellen and Portia’s relationship is quickly becoming just another typical Hollywood cliché,” a source close to the couple told The ENQUIRER. “The more success and wealth they accumulate, the deeper the wedge between them.”

As The ENQUIRER REPORTED in June, Ellen, 54, who rakes in a reported $45 million a year, has become obsessed with purchas­ing real estate as a way to fill the void in her relationship with Portia, 39. A year ago, she shelled out $12 million for Brad Pitt’s former Malibu home – then sold it in August for $13 million. She also dropped another $18 million for an 8,500-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills after selling her massive estate, also in Beverly Hills, to Ryan Seacrest.

“Ellen is grasping at straws in her desperate attempt to keep Portia happy by amassing all of that wealth, but it’s becoming blatantly obvious that it’s forcing them further apart,” said the source.

“At this point, the only thing that’s going to save Ellen and Portia’s relationship is to find a way to make Ellen’s success secondary to what really matters – their love for each other.”

[From The Enquirer]

Gossip Cop has a competing “source” who claims that Ellen and Portia are “completely happy” and the Enquirer is made of lies. I’m prepared to accept something in between, but maybe that’s just coming from a place of me always liking Ellen more than Portia. Though I will always have a soft spot for Portia because of Arrested Development, she’s become something resembling a lesbian trophy wife. She looks ‘Toxed and blitzed most of the time, and she bugs. Maybe she’s super-supportive of Ellen and maybe they’re totally making it work, but I would guess that they have problems. Just like everybody else.

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  1. carrie says:

    I never read that a couple was on thé rock because tHey were too successful
    If they ‘re on thé rock because they enough don’t spend time together or cheating or drug….it would be crédible but here i don’t understand

  2. mommak918 says:

    I loveeee Ellen.
    I have for years. And I’ve mentioned this on CB before but she’s from my hometown and was good friends with my family for years. However, that’s been decades ago…

    I hope nothing is wrong with their relationship. Ellen has been giving small shoutouts to her wife as of late on her show…so who knows.
    However, I’ve been thinking how tiring it would be to have to always appear happy and funny all the time being Ellen…
    So many people ‘count on her’ to be that…that it has to be exhausting.

  3. Mel says:

    Portia used to be so beautiful, I feel sad that she seems to have poked about with her face so much.

  4. Lulu says:

    It’s got to be hard to be left to your own devices so much. I imagine Ellen is gone and absorbed in her projects much of the time while Portia tries to keep herself busy with the horses, etc. In the end, no other person is going to make you happy. You have to do that yourself. Once you figure that out, and stop expecting someone else to do if for you, marriages generally work much better.

  5. Agnes says:

    I really hope that’s not the case, I like them together. And I’ve loved Portia ever since Arrested Development. It’s a shame she keeps messing with her looks, she’s so beautiful.

  6. smartyparty says:

    I can’t see Portia as a trophy wife. Maybe because I read her book, which was sweet and real and honest, and learned that she has deep insecurities about herself that compel her to obsess about her looks. Its less about pleasing people and more about an internal struggle. And I felt so sad that she could not see that she is just lovely as she was naturally made.
    The book also briefly talked about Ellen, and the awe and love Portia felt for her. Maybe Portia had her on too much of a pedestal – that can break a relationship even after many years.
    I wish them the best as they both seem like lovely, real people who deserve the best from each other. Plus I still think, even with the messing about, that Portia has a great beauty shining from her.

  7. Aubra says:

    It would not surprise me in the least if Portia left Ellen for a man…

  8. Mac says:

    Ellen has great taste in women but it appears as though she’s assumed the more masculine role in her marriage to Portia (now officially) Degeneres.

    I don’t know what Portia envisioned when she married a woman 15 years her senior but it seems as though she may have become increasingly disenchanted with the perception that she’s being kept as a “Trophy Wife”.

    Because the pool of eligible celebrity lesbians must be relatively miniscule, compared to the rest of the population, that probably placed additional stress on their relationship from the outset.

  9. Gia says:

    Portia is an actress and therefore, always starving for attention. It’s just the way they are… yes, ALL of them. She craves a spotlight and with Ellen always in it, she becomes overshadowed. It would be hard to deal with. Maybe when the AD movie comes out she will get her moment again.

  10. Jayna says:

    They have that ranch or whatever they call it out in the country that has horses for Portia. Ellen says they go there every weekend. It sounds like a married couple that are great companions and aren’t looking for the next big social party on the weekend. But Ellen does work a lot these days and Portia has her own career and is highly-respected and successful in her own right. It’s not money that would ripping them apart. It would be finding time to be together. That’s what always kills a relationship.

    I hope they aren’t. I love them as a couple. They are both really good people and love their devotion to animal causes and actually love the positivity Ellen puts on her show. It’s refreshing. I rarely see her show, but it does put you in a good mood the way she helps people.

    But Ellen is a lot older and you never know, Portia might be looking at a younger thing.

  11. Lisa says:

    There’s way worse botox out there. She just looks in need of blotting paper.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      I think she looks really “worked on” in the 1st pic.

      • Really? says:

        Ellen looks way better and natural, and she’s FIFTEEN years older! Trippy! Portia’s done too much plastic, it has not done her any favor. She looks pulled and mummified, her eyes seem smaller than ever now that her brow and forehead has expanded in size. She should have gone minimal like Ellen did. Ellen is smart about the work she has done. I can actually see a subtle sadness behind Ellen’s blindingly sparkling blue eyes. Portia, she doesn’t look sad, but she looks mad…not at Ellen, more likely her plastic surgeon. I hope they can work it out. I loved watching their wedding, it was so lovely and perfect, Portia would have to be an utter idiot to let Ellen go!!!

  12. Chordy says:

    Honestly, the botox is going to make Lindsay Bluth even more authentic.

  13. Genevieve says:

    Are those duck lips!?!?!?

  14. Madriani's Girl says:

    This is odd. I remember reading a few years back that because of some front-end deal, Ellen made relatively little off her show. I don’t remember the details but it was only like $2M per year or something. That’s more than enough for me but that was the deal she made. Maybe she got renewed and demanded more, which she should have. I don’t like her as much as I used to but I’m happy for her success. I just hope it isn’t true about her and Portia. They always seemd so happy together.

  15. tia says:

    I sincerly hope all is well w/ them. They are seriously one of the cutest, most sane couples there are.. :) They seem very in love.. :)

  16. Vesper says:

    If I remember correctly, Anne Heche said that as a partner Ellen was controlling and wanted an isolated relationship. Anne wanted to spread her wings, but Ellen would not allow it.

    Considering that mind set, I can believe that Ellen wants a trophy wife who spends most of her time at home. I have read elsewhere that, in general, she is very controlling and very vain. If she is that vain, her partner’s looks will be priority to her.

  17. rose says:

    I stop reading the moment I read The Enquirer and their also shitty sources.

  18. B says:

    Eh, I like Portia and am actually not a big Ellen fan. I don’t really see Portia as a trophy wife…or, at least, I don’t think that *she* seeks out the role of ‘trophy wife.’ Sure, she’s absolutely beautiful, but she’s also talented and had been doing things and working on her own long before she met Ellen.

  19. lindy loo says:

    I suggest they turn over the majority of their fortune to me in an effort to save their relationship.

  20. Sandra says:

    Well she also could sent a few million my way if they don’t want it, i’m broke.
    Or give it to project Sandy relief efforts instead of all the broke people in america fessing up the bill.I know everyone wants to help but some ain’t got none to give, ya know?
    Ellen is rich enough with the others like Cruise,Clooney and Pitt to give to relief efforts which could come in the hundreds of millions instead of big mansions they don’t live in hardly.

    • muppet_barbershop says:

      There are so many giveaways to people in dire straits on DeGeneres’ show, of such volume each time, that I think she must be financing a lot of it herself. She’s always been genuinely modest, in my opinion, and it makes sense to me that she might not publicize it. And no, I’m not just being a moony d*ke about Ellen. I know she’s not perfect and sometimes she does dumb things like most big celebrities. This is however something i have noticed over time.

  21. muppet_barbershop says:

    This is me making my sad face. Contrary to what you might guess, I am making my sad face because I truly miss Portia’s exceedingly beautiful Real Face. I know she would have looked awesome with a little bit of time-related “character” in those features.

    And yeah, I actually am really happy that their Marriage Is On The Rocks in the tabloids in such a “normal” way. When I was younger, I thought being more mainstream would actually hurt us, and that fighting for complete acceptance made us conformist and foolish. Boy, was I wrong. Progress continues! Woot. :)