A $500 million divorce: Are Ellen DeGeneres and her wife splitting?
Ellen DeGeneres & her wife Portia de Rossi appear to have hit a rough patch in their marriage. The couple is known as one of the most prominent lesbian couples in Hollywood. If Ellen & Portia are headed towards separation that could mean a divorce with a price tag as large as $500 million.
Already this year DeGeneres has been at the center of a scandal due to her “nice” image being torn to shreds by reports of her mean & degrading behavior towards others. The Ellen DeGeneres Show has also come under fire for having a toxic work environment. Now rumors of a breakup are swirling around Ellen & Portia and we have the details on whether divorce looks likely for the celebrity couple.
Been there, done that
Ellen & Portia began dating in 2004 and married in 2008 shortly after Ellen asked Portia to be her wife. Over the years Ellen & Portia have had their share of gossip about their relationship and on multiple occasions, rumors have circulated about their impending divorce.
In 2014 & 2015, it was reported that Ellen & Portia were headed towards a breakup though all reports were quickly found to be unsubstantiated. Then in 2018, during the couple’s tenth wedding anniversary, more rumors surfaced about a divorce. Despite the negativity surrounding the rumors, Portia de Rossi mentioned in an interview with US Weekly that she found the situation encouraging for her same-sex marriage.
Portia mused, “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.”
Did Portia move out?
Now in 2020, the rumors are back and more evidence that Ellen & Portia’s marriage is becoming rocky has come to light. The suggestion that the couple was having trouble came from the March 2020 issue of OK Magazine Australia which reported that Ellen & Portia were living apart.
OK Magazine Australia also reported that the couple had bought a $43 million mansion in California and only Portia moved in. The magazine went on to quote a source that stated the reason for Portia & Ellen’s troubles: “Portia wants her to retire, but Ellen refuses to and is actually working more than ever.”
The story about Portia moving out was quickly debunked however when it became clear through Ellen’s Instagram posts that she & her wife were quarantining together. Portia & Ellen also appear very affectionate in the Instagram video they’ve shared of themselves cooking, doing puzzles, and playing with their many dogs.
Wild rumors know no bounds
Even more rumors began to circulate as the summer wore on and another publication titled In Touch claimed that Ellen & Portia were “fighting nonstop” and were “at their breaking point”. In Touch went on to speculate on the financial fallout that might result from a divorce between Ellen & Portia.
The rumors about Ellen & Portia’s drama were debunked as mere gossip since there was no evidence to suggest the two were fighting. More wild rumors cropped up though, including Ellen & Portia fighting about adopting children and Ellen being jealous of Portia’s at-home cooking show, Cooking with Portia. Both claims appear to be untrue as the couple is on the same page about having children and Ellen is very supportive of her wife’s show.
It’s true that all marriages go through rough patches and Ellen & Portia’s marriage is no different. Nevertheless, the rumors about the couple’s impending divorce are trivial gossip. Ellen also has more serious matters to deal with, like the current investigation into the employee claims of a destructive workplace environment within The Ellen DeGeneres Show.