A-list couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are basically the perfect couple because they know each other so well. That’s why it’s no surprise that Portia, 45, just gave Ellen the best birthday present ever to commemorate her recent 60th birthday! On the Thursday, Feb. 1 episode of The Ellen Show, the actress visited host Ellen to give her the amazing gift — and it was so good that it made Ellen cry!
“It’s your 60th birthday and this gift had to be really special and it had to represent who you are and what you really care about. Not just now, but what you’ve always cared about,” Portia told her wife. “What you were influenced by and what has made you the amazing person that you are today. So, I combined that and questions when we first met like who’s your idol? And what would you do if you weren’t a talk show host?”
“So, I combined that with the fact that literally guys, for like the last two years, Ellen has said to me I feel like I’m not doing enough. Every day, almost. So, I put all that together and I got you this gift. So, let’s see it — happy birthday!” Portia said before a video about Ellen’s hero, late American primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey, flashed on-screen.
“So, for your birthday, Ellen, I am bringing you and your hero, Dian, together by building The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund,” Porita said. “Ellen, you will carry on Dian’s legacy by giving them a permanent home in Rwanda. Now, you will join Dian as a protector and champion of these amazing animals, the mountain gorillas. Happy birthday!”
After the video’s conclusion, Ellen burst into tears — see, it really was the perfect gift! “But that’s not all,” Portia continued. “It’ll be the most incredible center for tourism, education, and for further scientific research. Here’s actually kind of the best bit — I have also set up a foundation in your name called The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, so this is the first initiative for the fund, but you can take this and do whatever you want with it. You’ve done amazing work for elephants, and you can just continue and support whatever you want to do.”
Ellen then told the audience while holding back tears, “It’s the best gift. I’ve always said, when we got married, Portia’s line was, ‘It’s good to be loved, it’s profound to be understood.’ And she understands me because that is the best gift that anybody could have given me. I love you.” Ellen rang in her 60th birthday on Jan. 26 and, just a few days later, Portia, celebrated turning 45 on Jan. 31. “Happy birthday to my favorite person in the world,” Ellen captioned an Instagram snapshot of the two kissing for Portia’s birthday. They’re so sweet together!