'We Genuinely Like Each Other': Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi's Cutest Couple Moments

A look back at the couple's sweet relationship history as de Rossi turns 49

01 of 19

The Long Haul

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"It's the first time that I've known in every cell of my being that I'm with somebody for the rest of my life," the talk show host told PEOPLE of her relationship with de Rossi in 2005.

02 of 19

'Perfect Fit'

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"She's taught me lessons about myself, and I feel like I've taught her," DeGeneres told The Advocate in 2007, adding that her then-girlfriend felt like "my perfect fit."

03 of 19

Ring on It


DeGeneres announced her plans to wed de Rossi on a 2008 episode of her talk show, following the news that the California Supreme Court had struck down a law banning same-sex marriage. The happy couple later showed off their engagement bling on the Daytime Emmys red carpet that same year.

04 of 19

Struck by Cupid

2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter
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"We actually met socially and I just felt that immediate draw," de Rossi recalled about falling for DeGeneres during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "We did talk a little bit and then over those three years, we saw each other at parties or at various things, but the one time that was the most significant was during a photoshoot actually."

She continued: "I just walked over to say hello to her, and I couldn't believe it, but she turned around and it was like an arrow was shot through my heart. I felt weak at the knees and I was overwhelmed with how I felt, but then it took me about 10 months to get the courage up to actually do anything about it."

05 of 19

Sealed with a Kiss

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JLC-Lara Porzak Photography

DeGeneres and de Rossi tied the knot in August 2008 with an intimate ceremony in their L.A. home.

06 of 19

Hand to Hold

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The twosome snuggled up at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

07 of 19

One of a Kind

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"Here is the smartest, kindest, most wonderful woman that you'll ever know," the comedian gushed as she introduced de Rossi for their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

08 of 19

A Helping Hand

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Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

DeGeneres kept de Rossi's gown in order at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

09 of 19

Strike a Pose

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Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty

The duo showed off their playful sides on the 2015 People's Choice Awards red carpet.

10 of 19

Forever Valentine

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Source: Portia De Rossi/Instagram

De Rossi celebrated Valentine's Day 2016 with a cute couple selfie.

11 of 19

Lucky Ladies


"Portia and I constantly say to each other, 'We are so lucky.' Sometimes it's lying in bed at night before I go to sleep, and I just say thank you to whatever, whoever is out there," DeGeneres told PEOPLE in her 2016 cover story. "I've gotten to a place where I really am just settled. Really. I know that I'm not going anywhere. She's not going anywhere. I'm not saying the relationship took a while; I'm saying in my life, it took a while to find this."

12 of 19

Eyes on You

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Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

The couple were as smitten as ever at a Saint Laurent show in 2016.

13 of 19

Ocean of Love

Source: Portia De Rossi/Twitter
Source: Portia De Rossi/Twitter

The pair documented a romantic stroll on the beach on Twitter.

14 of 19

Nothing Left to Find

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De Rossi supported DeGeneres at the 2016 premiere of Finding Dory.

15 of 19

Best Friends for Life

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Anthony Harvey/Getty

"I can't imagine not being married. I have my best friend, the person I want to spend time with more than anybody else in the world," DeGeneres told PEOPLE in October 2016.

De Rossi expressed similar sentiments during a January 2016 chat with ET. "And she's the only person I want to hang out with. Like, she is my best friend and I just want to be with her all the time," she said.

16 of 19

Wedded Bliss

Ellen DeGeneres And Portia de Rossi Wedding
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Ellen celebrated more than a decade of marriage to Portia in 2019 with a romantic shot from her wedding, on which she wrote "Happy anniversary, Portia. 11 years. My favorite number with my favorite person."

17 of 19

Quarantine Partner

DeGeneres celebrated de Rossi's 48th birthday in 2020 with a throwback photo and special message on Instagram. "Happy birthday to my favorite person in our quarantine bubble. I love you."

18 of 19

I Love You and I Like You

Ellen DeGeneres Instagram
Ellen DeGeneres Instagram

"We genuinely like each other, and that's the most important thing," DeGeneres told PEOPLE in the first-ever Love Issue.

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Considerate Couple

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"We've grown together as a couple, and we really consider each other and put our relationship first," de Rossi told PEOPLE in 2021. "By doing that, you become a lot more solid."

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