Beyond her excellent career, Portia De Rossi is also known for her relationship with the American comedian Ellen DeGeneres. The popular power couple formed a life-long bond in 2008 and since then have hit the headlines both individually and as a couple; understandable, as both have led interesting private and professional lives. First of all, even though she may be known to everyone today as Portia De Rossi, her birth name is actually Amanda Lee Rogers and she was born on January 31, 1973, in Victoria, Australia. On the other hand, Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born on January 16, 1958. So Ellen is 15 years older than her wife Portia.
While Ellen DeGeneres began her professional career in 1978, Portia De Rossi began hers in 1994, Portia then gained fame for her roles in Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, Cursed, Better Off Ted, Scandal, Family Guy, and Nip/Tuck, while Ellen is known for her comedy career as well as for her roles in Ellen, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, The Ellen Show and as host of the critically acclaimed The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
As one might expect, there are many differences between them due to their age and background. Nevertheless, they have built a loving relationship that many are jealous of. Over the years, many fans have been curious about their relationship, and as a result, the following is a complete overview.
Facts About Portia De Rossi and Ellen Degeneres’ Relationship
Portia De Rossi and Ellen Degeneres made the covenant of life on August 16, 2008, during a small ceremony at their home in Beverly Hill. On August 6, 2010, Portia legally applied to change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres and the application was granted on September 23, 2010.
Prior to her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres, Portia was married to documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe. The two were married from 1996 to 1999. At that time she was still afraid of being discovered as gay, especially as an aspiring actress. After the end of her marriage to Mel, she met Francesca Gregorini, an Italian-American writer and director. Photos of the two were eventually published in the tabloids, but at that time Portia De Rossi still refused to discuss her sexuality in public.
After her relationship with Francesca Gregorini ended, she met Ellen DeGeneres backstage at an award ceremony. Soon after, the two began dating, and finally, Portia De Rossi began to talk openly about her sexuality in public and in interviews. The couple got engaged in 2008 and, as already mentioned, married the same year.
Many years after their marriage, many fans and media speculated about when the two would have children. Portia De Rossi revealed, however, that she and Ellen had no plans to bring children into her family.
Despite the expected differences due to their age and background, it is known that the power couple has many similarities; first of all, both are authors. Portia De Rossi published an autobiography entitled “Unbearable Lightness”: A Story of Loss and Gain,” while Ellen has written four books – “My Point of View… …and I have one,” “The funny thing is…” I’m kidding” and “Home.”
Ellen and Portia are also humanitarians, philanthropists, and animal rights activists. Both also became vegans in 2008, although Ellen has stated that she is no longer vegan. The two have also adopted several rescue animals during their marriage.
Ellen and Portia’s relationship has become one of the most iconic relationships in Hollywood and they seem to be getting stronger every day.
Portia De Rossi has really worked her way up the ladder of success and wealth over the years with her performances in award-winning projects and commercially successful ventures. As a result, she has accumulated net assets estimated at $25 million.
On the other hand, her wife – Ellen DeGeneres – has a pretty impressive fortune she has built up over many decades in the entertainment industry. Right now, Ellen has total assets of $450 million. Considering that she has been in the entertainment industry since 1978 and has had quite a successful career, this amount is to be expected.