Beyond her excellent career, Portia De Rossi is also known for her relationship with American Comedian, Ellen DeGeneres. The popular power couple tied the knot in 2008 and have since gone on to make numerous headlines individually and as a couple; understandably so, as they have both lived interesting personal and professional lives. To start with, while everyone may know her as Portia De Rossi today, her birth name is actually Amanda Lee Rogers and she was born in Victoria, Australia on the 31st of January, 1973. On the other hand, Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born on the 16th of January, 1958. This makes Ellen fifteen years older than her wife, Portia.
While Ellen DeGeneres began her career professionally 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 famous for her comedy career as well as her roles in Ellen, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, The Ellen Show and as host of the critically acclaimed The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
As expected, due to the difference in age and background, the two have a lot of differences between them. Despite this, they have gone on to build a loving relationship many are envious of. Over the years, many fans have been curious about their relationship, and as a result, a complete overview is provided below.
Facts About Portia De Rossi and Ellen Degeneres’ Relationship
Portia De Rossi and Ellen Degeneres tied the knot on 16th August 2008 at a low key ceremony held at their Beverly Hill home. On August 6th, 2010, Portia legally filed to change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres and the petition was granted on 23 September 2010.
Prior to her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres, Portia was previously married to the documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe. The two were married from 1996 till 1999. At this time, she was still afraid of being discovered as gay, especially as an upcoming actress. After the end of her marriage to Mel, she then dated Francesca Gregorini, an Italian-American writer and director. Photos of the two were eventually published by the tabloids but, at the 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 show. Shortly after, the two began dating and eventually, Portia De Rossi began speaking openly about her sexuality in public and in interviews. The pair became engaged in 2008 and as previously mentioned, they got married later the same year.
For many years after they got married, many fans and media outlets speculated about when the two would have kids. However, Portia De Rossi revealed that both she and Ellen had no plans of adding kids to their family.
Despite the expected differences due to their age and background, the power couple are known to have a lot in common; for starters, they are both authors. Portia De Rossi published an autobiography, titled “Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain,” while Ellen has authored four books – “My Point…And I Do Have One,” “The Funny Thing Is…,” “Seriously…I’m Kidding,” and “Home.”
Ellen and Portia are also humanitarians, philanthropists and animal rights activists. They also both became vegans in 2008, although Ellen has stated that she is no longer vegan. The two have also adopted several rescue animals over the course of their marriage.
Ellen and Portia’s relationship has gone on to become one of the most iconic relationships in Hollywood and they seem to be getting stronger with each passing day.
Portia De Rossi’s Net Worth Vs Ellen DeGeneres’ Net Worth
Portia De Rossi is really working her way up the ladder of success and wealth with her appearances in award-winning projects and commercially successful ventures over the years. As a result, she has accumulated a net worth that is estimated to be $25 million.
On the other hand, her wife – Ellen DeGeneres has a pretty impressive net worth built from her many decades in the entertainment industry. At the moment, Ellen has a total net worth of $450 million. Considering she has been active in the entertainment industry since 1978 and has developed a pretty successful career in the process, this amount is to be expected.