Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi share a sweet love story. De Rossi told Oprah that she had feelings for DeGeneres when they saw each other at a party in 2000, but explained that she was too scared to act on those feelings because of the stigma. It wasn’t until four years later, in 2004, that they reunited at an awards show and their romance began to blossom. “We saw each other and started talking, and that was it,” DeGeneres told People in 2021 about the reconnection. “She opened up and said she was thinking of me. And it surprised me. It was a big deal for her to be seen with me.”
Shortly after California legalized gay marriage, DeGeneres and de Rossi made things official by tying the knot in 2008. According to People, the couple kept things very intimate, only inviting a small group of people to watch them at a ceremony at their Backyard wedding. “What can I say? I’m the luckiest girl in the world,” DeGeneres told the outlet after the wedding. De Rossi shared the same feelings. “The love we felt from the people around us and the love we have for each other made this one of the most beautiful and emotional days,” she confessed. “And one we will never forget.”
Ever since the couple tied the knot, they haven’t been shy about showering each other with love in interviews and on social media. In August, DeGeneres gushed about her wife on their 14th anniversary.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi celebrate 14 years of marriage
Ellen DeGeneres shows her love for wife Portia de Rossi in a heartfelt way. The former talk show host took to social media to wish de Rossi a very public and adorable anniversary message. In the Aug. 16 post, DeGeneres included a video montage that she called the “best of Ellen and Portia.” The short video clip contained goofy moments between the pair, which is typical of DeGeneres. Keeping the caption simple, she wrote, “It’s good to be loved. It is profound to be understood. I love you @portiaderossi Happy 14!”
Fans made sure to shower love on the happy couple by commenting on DeGenere’s post. “I remember all those clips, such a lovely couple! Happy anniversary,” wrote one follower of the update. “That is beautiful! My eyes are drooling. Oh to be understood by someone I love,” commented another Instagrammer. “Happy 14th Anniversary Portia & Ellen. Hope you have much more years together. Lots of love and happiness 2 to you both. Hugs xoxoxxo,” one added.
De Rossi didn’t post anything about the couple’s anniversary on Instagram, but the last post on her May 26 feed paid tribute to DeGeneres as she retired from her wildly popular talk show. “To my absolutely beautiful, supremely talented, insanely accomplished wife on the day of your last show… I married an icon. I married my idol,” she wrote, before declaring how proud she is of her wife. What a beautiful tribute!