Headed for a Split Portia de Rossi

ELLEN & PORTIA Ellen Degeneres is des­per­ate to hide the truth about her crum­bling mar­riage to wife

In Touch (USA) - - Crisis News -

Ellen Degeneres was lay­ing it on thick. In a re­cent high-pro­file in­ter­view, the 58-yearold talk show host shame­lessly gushed about her re­la­tion­ship with wife Portia de Rossi, 43. “There’s no best part. It’s ev­ery­thing,” Ellen in­sisted of her eightyear mar­riage be­fore shoot­ing down long-sim­mer­ing ru­mors of mar­i­tal strife. “I can’t imag­ine not be­ing mar­ried. I have my best friend, the per­son I want to spend time with more than any­body else in the world. … I’ve got­ten to a place where I re­ally am just set­tled. Re­ally. I know that I’m not go­ing any­where. She’s not go­ing any­where.”

But it’s all an act. “De­spite Ellen paint­ing her­self as be­ing in the hap­pi­est place of her life, it’s sim­ply not true,” an in­sider ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “Right now she and Portia are hang­ing by a thread and are headed for a split.” The same is­sues that have haunted them for years haven’t gone away. “The old prob­lems — never com­ing to an agree­ment on hav­ing chil­dren, con­cerns over Portia’s health in the wake of her eat­ing disor­der bat­tle and Ellen’s con­trol­ling be­hav­ior — are still there. But now they’ve de­vel­oped a whole new set of prob­lems and they’re fight­ing daily.”

Portia feels suf­fo­cated. “She has never been more mis­er­able in the re­la­tion­ship. She feels like a tro­phy wife, some­one who rides horses a cou­ple of times a week and is kept in a gilded cage on Ellen’s lav­ish es­tates in LA and Santa Bar­bara,” says the in­sider. Adds a source: “It’s a con­stant strug­gle for Portia to be her own per­son. Ellen wants her safely at home, any­where but work­ing in Hol­ly­wood. If it wasn’t for her bit part on Scan­dal, Portia would have fled by now.”

Ellen still in­sists on call­ing all the shots. “She wants to con­trol and mi­cro­man­age ev­ery as­pect of Portia’s life, and it’s be­com­ing more and more of a deal­breaker,” ex­plains the source. “If Ellen’s on a cleanse, Portia needs to be on a cleanse. If Ellen quits cof­fee, Portia needs to quit, too. It’s Ellen’s world and what she says, goes.”

Ellen’s also fac­ing is­sues at work that have crept into her mar­riage. “The richer and more suc­cess­ful she be­comes, the more ner­vous and angst-rid­den Ellen gets. Wealth and power have turned her into an an­gry and dif­fi­cult per­son,” ex­plains the in­sider. If she had her way, Ellen would spend her time ren­o­vat­ing, re­dec­o­rat­ing and flip­ping homes, trav­el­ing and work­ing for char­i­ta­ble causes. “But she’s trapped and she’s con­stantly fret­ting over her ever-grow­ing em­pire. As a re­sult, she’s be­come a tyrant at work and is an­gry and dif­fi­cult with every­one.” In­clud­ing Portia. “Deep down,” adds the in­sider, “Ellen is des­per­ately un­happy and doesn’t have a nice word to say about any­body th­ese days.”

Even though Ellen and Portia love each other, it may be too late to save their mar­riage as things hit a new low. “Ellen just isn’t the happy, thank­ful per­son she once was, and a fed-up Portia is get­ting her exit plan ready,” says the in­sider. “Unless Ellen can change her neg­a­tive mind­set and sullen, para­noid ways, the on­ce­happy Hol­ly­wood golden cou­ple is headed to­ward a split within the next few months.” ◼

Ellen and Portia are not the pic­ture of wed­ded bliss they like every­one to be­lieve”

— AN IN­SIDER

LOS­ING CON­TROL “Portia feels like she’s be­come a zom­bie or a Step­ford Wife, be­cause Ellen doesn’t let her make any de­ci­sions on her own,” says a source.

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