Ellen & Portia's Biggest Marital Problem: Half-Finished Drinks

De Rossi says she leaves cups of tea all over the house – and DeGeneres picks them up


Though Ellen DeGeneres is at a good place in her life, the TV host still dreams of greener pastures, saying in one of those humorous deadpan non-sequiturs of hers, “I like peace and I like houses.”

Now, if she can just get her wife, Portia de Rossi, to clean up after her drinks.

Speaking to Ladies’ Home Journal for its March issue on the day after Barack Obama was elected – and California voters put a knife into the heart of the state’s same-sex marriage law – DeGeneres, 51, said that she felt her most beautiful on “the day I got married” to de Rossi in August 2008.

In fact, the recollection of that day (and the ramifications of California’s Proposition 8) sent DeGeneres into tears – and running from the room.

When she returned, she said, “It’s just very emotional. You find the person you love, you think you’ve come this far and anyway, I never thought I’d have a wedding, and I did, and it meant more than I imagined.”

Their One Big Issue

While the magazine compares the looks exchanged by de Rossi and DeGeneres as similar to those shared by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Michelle and Barack Obama – and notes that the two really haven’t been married long enough to develop any major complaints about one another – it does get de Rossi to reveal their biggest domestic squabble.

“I do leave half-finished beverages everywhere,” says the actress, 36, who is also developing a line of vegan, non-leather shoes. “I usually have three cups of tea going at once. I’m Australian. That’s just what we do.”

Living in America won’t change that, either. Says de Rossi: “I was going to thank her in our vows, for picking up all the glasses – and say that she’d have to do that for the rest of her life. She took that on. But she’s very good about it.”

Apparently this responsibility has caused no schism. On display in the art studio inside the couple’s house is a canvas that has been painted, and then carved, with the message from DeGeneres to de Rossi: “I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.”

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