Why Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi marriage is ‘on the rocks’

Can their marriage survive the stress of a career nosedive?

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

by Charlotte Oliver |

Her glittering chat-show career has been hanging in the balance for weeks now, ever since WarnerMedia launched an inquiry into claims of backstage bullying, racism and intimidation on set. But, according to insiders, it’s not just Ellen DeGeneres’ work life that’s in freefall.

Apparently, her and Portia de Rossi’s marriage is also feeling the strain, not least because Portia has become Ellen’s sounding board for all her concerns and frustrations.

Obviously, the actress wants to support her wife – who, as well as facing claims about her show’s “toxic” backstage environment, has also been personally hit by rumours that she is “mean” and “cold”.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
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So, who can blame Portia, 47, if it’s all getting a bit intense for her – and she’s now said to be insisting they make some changes in the hope of saving their marriage.

“There’s only so much stress and tension that Portia can take,” says an insider close to the Arrested Development star, who last week told Instagram followers, “I stand by Ellen”, and thanked fans for their support.

“Their home life has been really stressful, and Ellen is venting to Portia about all the criticism she’s getting,” adds the insider. “They’re committed to working through the tension, but Ellen needs to give Portia space.”

The couple, who married in 2008, are thought to have one of the strongest showbiz relationships. But, as we all know, these past months have been challenging for many couples.

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Singer Miley Cyrus split from actor Liam Hemsworth in August 2019, despite only getting married in December 2018. Liam released a statement on Instagram, reading, ''Hi all. Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward.'This is a private matter and I have not made, nor will I be making, any comments to any journalists or media outlets. Any reported quotes attributed to me are false. Peace and Love.'

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
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Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris seemed very loved up with each other, until they split in 2016 and ended things on very bad terms! Calvin even ended up having a Twitter rant about his ex.

Jake Roche and Jesy Nelson
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Despite popping the question to Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson, Rixton frontman Jake Roche couldn't make his relationship work with Jesy, causing the pair to split in 2016.

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
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After two years of marriage, Friends actress Jennifer Aniston and her husband Justin Theroux announced their split in February 2018. Jen said, "We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship."

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
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After meeting on the set of Step Up in 2006, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan announced their marriage was over in April 2018. Revealing they are still great friends, the couple decided it was time to go their separate ways after almost nine years of marriage.

Jake Quickenden and Danielle Fogarty
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Dancing On Ice winner Jake Quickenden and Danielle Fogarty split in April 2018, despite being engaged. Speaking in early May, Jake appeared on Lorraine and said the couple are having time apart to focus on their busy work schedules. However, Jake did add, "There's not a bad word. I was with her on Monday, we still talk and I still love her to bits, but sometimes you've got to go away to come back."

Gabby Allen and Marcel Somerville
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After meeting on Love Island 2017, things seemed to be going very well for Gabby Allen and former Blazin' Squad member Marcel Somerville. But in May 2018 allegations that Marcel had cheated on Gabby whilst they were on holiday together surfaced, leading Gabby to reportedly 'dump' Marcel.

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller
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Ariana Grande and Mac Miller announced they had split up in May 2018. The couple had been together for two year and even recorded some duets together. They reportedly chose to end their relationship due to their busy work schedules.

Cheryl Tweedy and Liam Payne
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After a two year romance and a baby boy, Cheryl Tweedy and Liam Payne announced they'd decided to go their separate ways on Sunday 1st July 2018. Releasing a joint tweet, the statement read, 'We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It's been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.' [sic]

Alexandra 'Binky' Felstead and Josh 'JP' Patterson
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Despite welcoming their daughter India into the world in 2017, Made In Chelsea stars Binky and JP announced their shock split in September 2018. The couple, who vowed to remain friends with their daughter being their number one priority, released a statement on Instagram.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson
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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson reportedly split in October 2018 after being engaged for four months.

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
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Hollywood actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt announced their split in August 2017. The pair shocked the world as they always seemed so loved up at events since marrying in 2004.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
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When 'Brangelina' announced they were getting a divorce in 2016, fans were left in shock. The pair had been dating since 2004 and married in 2014. They have six children together.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel
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Fergie and Josh Duhamel's split rocked fans in September 2017. The couple said, "With absolute love and respect we decided to separate." The pair were married for eight years.

Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik
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Former One Direction star Zayn Malik popped the question to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, but just a few months later Zayn dumped his fiancé by text!

Dougie Poynter and Ellie Goulding
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Hearts broke all over the world when Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter announced their split. After rekindling their romance for a few months, they finally called it quits in 2016. Ellie is now engaged to Caspar Jopling.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
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Another massive shock in the world of celeb relationships! Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes split in 2012 after six years of marriage. The pair share their daughter Suri together.

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow
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After 10 years of marriage, actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced her split from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. The split became famous because the former couple bizarrely entitled it 'Conscious Uncoupling.'

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner split in 2010 but have since remained great friends and co-parent their children.

Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney
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Pop superstar Lady Gaga shocked her fans in 2016 when she revealed herself and her partner Taylor Kinney were 'taking a break' after a five-year relationship.

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom
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They were one of Hollywood's hottest couples, so it was a major shock to fans when Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom announced their split in 2013. The pair had been married for just three years.

Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green
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Professor Green split with former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh in 2016, just three years after they married. Millie is now dating her ex-boyfriend Hugo Taylor.

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
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Singers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale ended their marriage in 2016. The couple have three children together, Zuma, Apollo and Kingston.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
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They went through a number of ups and downs but Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's relationship ended after four years of marriage, with Khloe filling for divorce from the basketball player.

Will Arnett and Amy Poehler
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Will Arnett and Amy Poehler separated back in 2012 after nine years of marriage, but it took until 2016 for the couple's divorce to be finalised!

Fern Britton and Phil Vickery
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2020 didn't get off to a good start for celeb splits. Following 20 years of marriage, in January Fern Britton and Phil Vickery announce they'd separated.

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
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After nearly 10 years of marriage and three children, actress Megan Fox announced her split from Brian Austin Green in May 2020!

Chris Hughes and Jesy Nelson
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It had looked like Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson had found her prince in Love Island star Chris Hughes. However, the pair announced their shock split during lockdown in 2020.

Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock
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America singer Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock in June 2020, following 7 years of marriage.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
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After seven years of marriage and four children together, Kim Kardashian shocked the world at the start of 2021 when she filed for a divorce from her husband Kanye West.

Add to that the stress of a career nosedive, and it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of unease at their Beverly Hills home.

As heat told you last week, Ellen, 62, recently sent an emotional apology to all her staff, promising to make big changes behind the scenes and ensure that “everyone would be treated with respect”. But that hasn’t stopped calls for her to be replaced – with big names like Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Melissa McCarthy and even Jennifer Aniston thrown into the mix.

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