Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were both in a relationship with their respective partners when they ran into each other in 2004.
The couple was at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles then. According to E! News, Ellen DeGeneres and de Rossi's life was never the same after the second time that they met.
Portia de Rossi struggled with her sexuality
At that time, de Rossi was in a relationship with Francesca Gregorini. However, the Scandal actress never confirmed the status of her relationship with the filmmaker to the public.
While speaking with The Advocate, de Rossi admitted that she had a very long and difficult struggle with her sexuality.
"I was thinking, Well, the people who need to know I’m gay now, and I’m somehow living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay, but it’s not a big political platform. I justified it in so many ways," she said.
DeGeneres, on the other hand was dating Anne Heche when she first met de Rossi in 2000.
During her interview, de Rossi admitted that she never stopped thinking about the Ellen Show host. After all, she has never felt that kind of energy with anyone in her life.
Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi second meeting
Years later, Ellen DeGeneres and de Rossi saw each other again. Shortly after, the couple moved in together. Prior to the couple moving in together, DeGeneres was in a four-year relationship with Alexandra Hedison.
In order for DeGeneres and de Rossi to make things official, they both had to tell their former partners that it’s time to call it quits.
While speaking with People, the comedian admitted that doing so was challenging.
"We were just supposed to be together. It was a tough decision. I was physically getting sick because I was trying not to say anything. So, I told Alex and she told Francesca. It was really hard to uproot everything," DeGeneres said.
Portia de Rossi's ex-girlfriend talks about their split
In 2014, Gregorini also talked about her split from de Rossi. While speaking with The Advocate, she said that it was harrowing back then. But everyone has moved on, and she's happy for DeGeneres and de Rossi.
"We were meant to be together for that point in time, and, and then not, and I think she found a great partner for her. I think they're really well matched," Gregorini said.
Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi wedding
Years after DeGeneres and de Rossi moved in together, they tied the knot with only 19 people as their guests.
Ellen DeGeneres and de Rossi exchanged their "I Dos" at their home in Los Angeles.
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