Portia de Rossi: I knew Ellen and I were accepted when divorce rumors started

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Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres are celebrating their their tenth wedding anniversary on August 16. Time sure flies, doesn’t it? The 45-year-old actress has launched a new business venture, General Public, which creates exacting reproductions of original works using 3D technology, allowing both established and emerging artists to get multiple reproductions of their works out to the general public. At an event celebrating the partnership of General Public and Restoration Hardware held in West Hollywood last week, Portia looked back on her relationship with the 60-year-old comedienne. She said that it felt like their union was finally accepted by the general public when they hit the tabloids. Portia told US Weekly:

“The divorce rumors came and then we really knew the perceptions had changed. “I’m not kidding. I know it sounds ridiculous, but when that started happening I thought, ‘Oh, now we’re finally accepted.’ We get the same s–t as every celebrity couple.”

She went on to add that speculation that she was pregnant made her feel more accepted. As far as reading headlines about themselves or other celebrity couples, Portia says that “we avoid it. We don’t care.”

Also during the event, Portia admitted that she had try to discourage Ellen from making her return to stand-up comedy, telling People it was “not because she is not brilliant at it, but she has a job…right?! And it is a full-time job.”

She went on to say that all the extra work would be “exhausting” for Ellen. Portia suggested that Ellen hold off until her show was done, but added, “my wife is very impatient, and, a little like me, once she has an idea she just can’t shake it, and she just has to see it through.”

Long story short, Ellen is going on an 8-night comedy tour in August and Portia is happy to admit she’s wrong, telling the magazine, “it has given her energy, it has invigorated her.” Portia did grumble that she’s only seen Ellen’s stand-up via her specials and won’t see her new material until she takes it on stage, as Ellen won’t work on her jokes with her. I dated a stand-up comedian Portia, consider yourself lucky. You’d be able to recite the jokes in your sleep.

As a big advocate for all things love (just call me Cupid Corey), I’m happy that these two have been able to endure the haters and have a strong, loving and (more) accepted relationship. We’ve still got a long way to go, but it’s great to see the negativity continue to subside. Happy anniversary in advance, Ellen and Portia.

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  1. Milla says:

    Every single relationship has ups and downs but they seem to be in a good place now. And i hope they stay together forever. Love is love.

  2. Evil Owl says:

    So much love for this couple. I’d buy it if their ages were swapped, Ellen looks significantly more youthful than her much younger wife.

  3. Laura says:

    I love the two of them! Much happiness to them both.

  4. lucy2 says:

    I’m glad they seem to be happy. I’ve always liked Portia, she’s a great comedic actress. I’m sad she’s retired from acting, but hopefully she’s happier doing other things.

    Not so sure about this 3D printed art reproductions, they’re all very abstract and kind of dreary. They’re also pricey – I just looked up the one artist, Koen Lybaert, and you can get originals (some really beautiful ones) for the same price or less? I don’t get it.
    I miss RH’s old aesthetic, but oh well.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Just looked as well and not impressed at all. Quite the opposite. Selection and prices are bewildering.

  5. Snappyfish says:

    I have always liked Portia, ever since Ally McBeal. I hope she is happy. While I like Ellen I have always heard her to be quite controlling in relationships. I remember reading that might have been one of the reasons Portia “retired” from acting.

  6. elle says:

    Sad to see what Portia’s done to her face. She doesn’t look like herself at all anymore. She looks like the actress from Modern Family, whose name escapes me at the moment.

    I’m surprised to hear it’s only been 10 years. It seems a lot longer.