Ellen De Generes and Portia de Rossi reportedly first met through mutual friends back in 2001.
While sparks didn’t fly initially, Portia felt an intense chemistry upon seeing the talk show host a few years later in 2004.
"I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot and she took my breath away.
Although there had been even rumors claiming NBC had discouraged the talented comedian from discussing her personal life on the hit daytime program, Ellen made sure to thank her girlfriend after winning Outstanding Talk Show Host at the 2006 Daytime Emmys by proclaiming: “Portia, I love you.” On May 16 2008, after the California Supreme Court overthrew the ban on same-sex marriage, Ellen announced on her show that she and Portia were going to make it official and walk down the aisle together.Tonight, she opens up once more about coming out as gay on the arm of now-wife Ellen De Generes when the cast of Arrested Development sit down for a chat with James Lipton for Bravo's Inside The Actors Studio.'I was very, very nervous': Portia De Generes (née de Rossi) has revealed during an interview on Inside The Actors Studio, airing tonight, that she officially came out as gay with now-wife Ellen at the 2005 Golden Globes - seen here in June 2008 The Australian actress's supportive castmates, with whom she reunited this year for another season that aired on Netflix, seven years after the comedy series ended its original run, wholeheartedly clapped and cheered as she talked about coming out of the closet.Opening up: The actress revealed all as she was joined by the cast of TV series Arrested Development for the candid chat - seen here with her talk show host wife at the show's reunion premiere in LA on April 29 It may have been a big step, but it was clearly the right one, as the couple tied the knot in August 2008 and have proved to be a force to be reckoned with ever since, cementing themselves as one of Hollywood's key power couples.However, rumours are swirling that the 55-year-old talk show host is less than impressed with her wife's cavalier comments about not wanting to be a lesbian, after she revealed that prior to coming out, she hadn't ever met another lesbian and though they were 'strange'.'I'd never met one for a start and I just thought they were strange and that they hated men and they were very serious and I had these ridiculous images in my head and there were no out celebrities or politicians or anybody that I could look to and go, "Oh, I could be like that,"' she said during her interview on The Conversation.“I don't think we're going to have kids,” she said, before adding, “We're very happily married without children.” In August 2010, the actress went with tradition and filed paperwork to legally take her wife’s name and became Portia De Generes.