Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi tied the knot back in 2008 and needless to say, their love is stronger than before.
The couple initially met in 2000 but started dating in 2004 after VH1’s Big in ’04 awards. It was after their relationship that Portia publicly came out as gay. In an interview with the Advocate in 2005, she said, “I’ve had my years of being not open, many years of it. It’s an honour for me to do this; it’s just nice to be asked.”
The lovebirds tied the knot in 2009, 4 years after dating, in a small, private ceremony with only 19 guests. However, according to de Rossi, they didn’t feel accepted as a couple until their divorce rumors started stirring up. The Arrested Development actress said, “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 shit as every celebrity couple.”
The stars recently celebrated their 11th year together as a married couple. Ellen, 61, posted a black and white picture of their wedding, captioning it, “Happy anniversary, Portia. 11 years. My favorite number with my favorite person”.
Their photographer, Lara Porzak, also posted the picture on her Instagram page, saying, “Time is often a crazy concept to grasp – this photo was made ELEVEN years ago! Feels like it was last week! (And yes, it was made on black & white film!) 🎞
Happiest of anniversaries Portia & Ellen! And thank you for the shout out today on your Instagram!”
Last year, Ellen tried to go big with their 15th ‘together anniversary’, however, things didn’t go as planned. She hired a plane to fly a banner with a “15” and a heart printed on it but as it turned out, the size was too small, making it hard to read from afar.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s host posted the hilarious video on Instagram as she tried to read the banner – laughing with her better half. She wrote, “Portia and I started dating 15 years ago today. I hired a plane to fly by the house with a banner that said 15 with a heart. I should have specified the size.”