Portia de Rossi Says She Knew She and Ellen DeGeneres Were "Accepted" When Divorce Rumors Started


Updated 06/29/18

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Portia de Rossi revealed yesterday that she and wife Ellen DeGeneres used an interesting benchmark for knowing they had finally made it into the mainstream culture after their 2008 wedding: when people started speculating about whether they were getting a divorce.

“The divorce rumors came and then we really knew the perceptions had changed," she told Us Weekly in an interview. “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 sh*t as every celebrity couple.”

Divorce rumors aren't the only gossip the couple has faced in their marriage. Looking at all the absurd headlines in the news, de Rossi says, “I thought, Wow, this is great that I’m pregnant, not pregnant, divorced, not divorced, whatever.”

She recalled seeing a headline about Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston on the cover of a tabloid that she and DeGeneres knew "for a fact" was completely false, and took the fact that her marriage was getting the same treatment as a heterosexual couple as a strange indicator of equality. "That means there is an acceptance for this."

While the couple seems to take it all in good stride and have a sense of humor about it, they also aren't dwelling on whatever nonsense happens to be circulating about them at any given moment. "We avoid it," de Rossi says. "We don’t care.”

DeGeneres announced her and de Rossi's plans to marry during a taping of her talk show following the California Supreme Court ruling lifting the state's ban on gay marriage. The August wedding took place at the couple's home in Los Angeles, and both brides wore Zac Posen. The couple has been together since 2004, preceding the California Supreme Court decision that allowed them to marry in 2008, and long preceding the U.S. Supreme Court decision that guaranteed the right of same sex couples to marry in 2015.

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