Believe it or not, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have known each other since 2004 (even though Portia first noticed Ellen at a party in 2000.) That’s right, almost 15 years. And that means there have been plenty of moments in their relationship and plenty of ups and downs. Before Portia stumbled into Ellen’s life, Ellen and actress Anne Heche were quite the couple from 1997 to 2000. And once that fizzled out, Ellen found herself remaining pretty close with director and photographer Alexandra Hedison from 2000 up until 2004, the year Ellen met Portia.
As for Portia, she was married to filmmaker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999. This was followed by Portia dating director Francesca Gregorini from 2001 to 2004. At the time, Portia revealed that the majority of people did not know she is attracted to women until photos of the couple were seen by all. But everything changed once Portia broke up with Mel in 2004 in order to date Ellen — and she hasn’t looked back since!
Join us as we take you on a stroll down memory lane and remind you all about Ellen and Portia’s relationship. Feel free to get up off your seat and dance. Sure, you aren’t on The Ellen DeGeneres Show but it’s respectful to dance when Ellen is near or when she’s even mentioned. Scroll down to see Ellen and Portia’s relationship timeline!