The rumor mill is in full swing as always but you can’t believe everything you hear. According to recent reports, the latest celebrity couple at the center of the gossip ring is Ellen DeGeneres, 56 and wife Portia de Rossi, 41, and the word is that the two lovebirds have called it quits; or have they?
Several sources say DeGeneres and de Rossi, who tied the knot in August 2008, have tried everything including counseling to save their nearly six-year marriage but nothing has worked and as a result, the once happy couple is headed for divorce, and a tangled one at that, involving assets in excess of $220 million. But are the rumors true? That’s the burning question.
Earlier this month, before DeGeneres hosted the Academy Awards, she made an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show where, in true Ellen style, she openly discussed the rumors about her impending divorce. “I read that we’re getting divorced,” she quipped. “I went and told de Rossi, and she was sad. We both were so sad. I couldn’t believe that we’re getting divorced, so I guess we are.”
DeGeneres went on to set the record straight dispelling the rumors as nothing more than random gossip saying it is not true and is downright ridiculous. “There’s not one ounce of truth to any of it,” she said. “I’m very happily married.” DeGeneres went on to promise fans that in the event anything were to ever happen between her and de Rossi such as them calling it quits, or if there was something they needed to know about her life, personal or otherwise, they could rest assured they would hear it from her first.
So what happened that caused rumors to start swirling about DeGeneres and de Rossi getting a divorce in the first place? While there have been numerous rumors and gossip surrounding the couple, one report says the inevitable breakup was due to de Rossi’s struggles with alcohol and anorexia. And another says DeGeneres is ready to move on to someone younger and edgier, maybe in their 20’s, because de Rossi is starting to look old and dated like a Beverly Hills housewife. “Portia will try any new trick to retain her looks and keep Ellen attracted to her. She spends thousands on luxury facial creams and beauty products.”
And then there’s the rumor that a photographer snapped a picture of de Rossi while she wasn’t wearing her wedding ring and immediately made the assumption that there was trouble in paradise. However, de Rossi easily explains the reason for the missing wedding ring saying, “I didn’t wear it because when I ride horses and I’m holding the reins, it gives me a blister!”
All marriages have their ups and downs but DeGeneres says, “The only thing we argue about is who loves who more.” Not something to divorce over, huh? Despite all the outlandish rumors and gossip, let this finally put your mind at ease, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have not called it quits and are not getting a divorce; in fact, they are more in love than ever.
Opinion By Donna W. Martin