Did Ellen DeGeneres And Portia De Rossi Buy A House In Australia?

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Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres in front of a blue painting

By Hugh Scott |

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres in front of a blue painting

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A tabloid report a year ago claimed Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi had “put an offer down” on a $20 million house in Australia. Gossip Cop debunked the phony story at the time. One year later, the spouses are still living in California and haven’t purchased a home in Australia.

On December 1, 2019, In Touch asserted that DeGeneres and de Rossi were buying a house in Horsham, Victoria, which is de Rossi’s hometown. The outlet quoted a supposed source as saying, “[Portia] really wants to spend at least six months a year there for a few years, then they can think about living there full time.” DeGeneres, according to this dubious source, couldn’t “imagine permanently moving to the other side of the world.”

There were a lot of problems with the article, as we discussed at the time. For starters, there were almost no details about the house. The insider seemed to know very little while claiming to know so much. If the insider knew the price of the home, why weren’t any more details revealed – like the number of bedrooms or how large the property was? After checking with some realtors in Horsham and with a source close to the couple, Gossip Cop confirmed the story was completely made up. A year later, that’s been proven to be the case. The couple never bought a $20 million house in Australia.

Interestingly, but hardly surprisingly, In Touch made no mention of the story six months later when it ran another false report about the talk show host and her wife. In April, the tabloid alleged DeGeneres and de Rossi were having a marriage crisis over her show. The story claimed the couple was “at the breaking point” over DeGeneres refusing to quit her show at de Rossi’s request. This was one article of many in the tabloids that Gossip Cop has busted on the subject. Most of them seemed to be inspired by an interview DeGeneres gave the New York Times in which she conceded that de Rossi wanted her to move on from the show. The idea that the situation has ever caused marriage problems is baseless.

In Touch’s sister publication, Star, also ran a similarly bogus story in September. That story purported DeGeneres was refusing to quit her talk show and move to Australia. Again, no mention was made of the house they supposedly had purchased less than a year earlier. It wasn’t mentioned because the whole thing was just a fairy tale concocted by the tabloid to sell papers. Gossip Cop will continue to bust these stories as we see them because there is nothing factual about the narrative.


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Shuster, Andrew. "Ellen DeGeneres, Portia De Rossi Having Marriage Crisis Over Talk Show?" Gossip Cop, 15 Apr. 2019.

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