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Was Portia de Rossi “fed-up” with her “queen of mean” wife Ellen DeGeneres and wanting a trial separation? One tabloid reported that the “hated” talk show host was begging her wife of 13 years to give her a second chance. Gossip Cop reviewed the report and can clear the air.

Ellen DeGeneres, Portia De Ross Hanging "By A Thread?"

“Monster Ellen’s Marriage On The Rocks!” read a headline from the Globe last August. The tabloid went on to claim that Ellen DeGeneres had been “dumped” by her famous friends and was now in danger of losing her wife, Portia de Rossi, as well.

Ellen DeGeneres wearing a black suit and standing with Portia de Rossi, in a beige dress, on the red carpet
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So-called “insiders” told the outlet that DeGeneres’ marriage was “dangling by a thread” after being hit with a series of workplace scandals. Though DeGeneres was not personally involved in the bullying or sexual harassment allegations that rocked The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the source insisted the workplace scandals were casting a pall over the talk show host’s marital life.

Despite de Rossi defending DeGeneres on Instagram, and thanking fans for supporting them throughout the scandals, the “tattletale” proclaimed the Arrested Development star was “ready to walk out” and asking for a “trial separation.

She’s had enough! But Ellen’s pleading with her for one last chance.

Problems Before The Scandal - Sources

Even before the toxic workplace scandal, “they were fighting a lot,” the source continued. “Ellen’s been pushing her luck with the shabby way she treats Portia.” After the scandal hit, DeGeneres began “working all hours” and when de Rossi got a chance to see her wife, Degeneres was “barking orders and treating her like an under-appreciated assistant.” As a result, de Rossi “wants at least a trial separation,” the source snitched. She also wanted to move full-time to Santa Barbara while DeGeneres stayed in Los Angeles.

But Ellen’s digging in and making all kinds of promises to try and get her to stay.

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres pose together during DeGeneres' Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony

It’s been a few months since the tabloid printed this story, and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have yet to separate, even on a trial basis. It’s telling that this tabloid would drag DeGeneres’ workplace troubles into her personal life. The outlet and its dubious sources barely focus on DeGeneres’ supposed marriage problems and instead dedicates an enormous portion of the article to breathlessly rehashing the Ellen Show’s scandals, none of which DeGeneres had any personal involvement with.

She acknowledged that she wasn’t as involved as she should have been and that her lack of knowledge about the situation was part of the problem. But the tabloid’s claims that DeGeneres’ famous friends are abandoning her over the scandals have been pushed by other trashy supermarket magazines, and each claim has been found to be false. Similarly, de Rossi isn’t leaving her over these scandals either.

The Globe has targeted DeGeneres and de Rossi’s relationship multiple times in recent months. The tabloid reported that DeGeneres was jealous of her wife’s potential cooking show. That report couldn’t be further from the truth, Gossip Cop determined. This outlet also once claimed that DeGeneres was “riddled with anxiety” over the scandals and believed she was being bullied. It was just another attempt by an unscrupulous tabloid to get as much traction out of a scandal as possible. It’s shameful, but that’s par for the course for this outlet.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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