'So grateful for her love': Ellen DeGeneres shares heartfelt post for Portia de Rossi on 18th anniversary

'So grateful for her love': Ellen DeGeneres shares heartfelt post for Portia de Rossi on 18th anniversary
Ellen shared sweet photos of herself with her wife Portia de Rossi to celebrate their 18th anniversary (@theellenshow/Instagram and Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for RH)

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA: Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres recently took to social media to celebrate her 18 years of togetherness with her wife Portia de Rossi. The couple has been married since 2008, right after same-sex marriage was legalized in California. They had been together for four years at the time of their wedding. The couple even celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary in August 2022.

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DeGeneres took to Instagram to celebrate the happy occasion. In the first picture she posted on the platform, she is seen smiling into the camera with De Rossi letting her head rest on her shoulder. In the second picture, she is seen holding on to DeGeneres very tightly as they both look into the camera and smile, looking their happiest. The post is sweetly captioned, “It’s our 18 year anniversary today. I fall in love with her more every day. I’m so grateful for her love." The post has garnered more than half a million likes.

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The couple met in 2000 but it wasn’t four years later that they went on to become something more. In fact, it was this relationship that gave De Rossi the boost to come out and admit to her sexuality. US Magazine reported that De Rossi opened up about their meeting and said, “I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot about a year ago and she took my breath away. That had never happened to me in my life, where I saw somebody and [experienced] all of those things you hear about in songs and read about in poetry. My knees were weak. It was amazing. And it was very hard for me to get her out of my mind after that … we just were kind of supposed to be together … I just couldn’t ignore the feelings I had for Ellen.”

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DeGeneres and De Rossi have always been quite open about their relationship and have always had much praise and love for each other whenever they did. De Rossi spoke to People about her relationship with the 'Finding Dory' alum and said, “We've grown together as a couple, and we really consider each other and put our relationship first. By doing that, you become a lot more solid. I can't imagine spending time with anyone but her."

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"We think the same things, say the same things at the same time, finish each other's sandwiches — no, sentences," DeGeneres said, adding, "We're in a rhythm that's easy." She also went on to say that they are both “lucky to have each other” and that they practice a “lot of gratitude.”

DeGeneres, who describes de Rossi as her "perfect fit", said, "I could say the same thing I've said in every relationship: 'I'm happy.' But there's happiness and there's love, and then there's completion. It doesn't take away from any of the relationships that I've had, 'cause I've had amazing relationships. … But I feel like I found my perfect fit."

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