Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t always the superstar she is today. Before she hosted awards shows, bought million dollar mansions, and married a gorgeous Hollywood actress, the comedian was just another young woman finding her way. Now that she’s a household name, Ellen’s personal life is in the spotlight, including rumors that she and longtime partner Portia are headed for divorce. Read on to find out more.
Growing up Ellen
Born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, a town near New Orleans, Ellen DeGeneres and her older brother Vance grew up with a relatively normal and happy childhood. Things would change for Ellen at the age of 13 when her parents decided to file for divorce. After her mother remarried, Ellen moved with her to Texas. Ellen told Good Housekeeping, “My mom had some really bad things happen in her life, and she’s a trouper. She’s tougher than I am, I’d say.”
“When my parents divorced, it was my mother and me, by ourselves in an apartment. At that point, we kind of became roommates. I was 13 years old. She’s been married for almost 20 years, and I watched her go through a tough time, trying to date, trying to figure things out. She dated some horrible men whom I had to kick out of the house.” In Ellen’s more recent life, she’s been forced to address some pretty tenacious divorce rumors surrounding her own marriage.