You might not expect to hear that negative rumors have actually strengthened a celebrity marriage, but anything can happen — and this time, negative rumors have a positive result. Portia de Rossi recently said she appreciates the divorce rumors that have circulated about her and Ellen DeGeneres, and she doesn’t let them bother her a bit.
During an event in West Hollywood earlier this week, de Rossi spoke to Us Weekly about how the divorce rumors unexpectedly made her feel like her marriage was, in a sense, legitimate.
“The divorce rumors came and then we really knew the perceptions had changed,” de Rossi explained. “I’m not kidding. I know it sounds ridiculous, but when that started happening I thought, ‘Oh, now we’re finally accepted.’ We get the same shit as every celebrity couple.”
De Rossi also remarked how oddly heartening it was that as a married gay woman, she’s faced other typical celeb rumors, too. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is great that I’m pregnant, not pregnant, divorced, not divorced, whatever.’ That means there is an acceptance for this.”
But while the divorce rumors have made de Rossi feel included in some way and she and DeGeneres roll with it, they’re not sitting around, poring over magazines and trying to dispel every silly rumor that comes out about them.
“I was at a newsstand… and there was a cover of Brad [Pitt] and Jen [Aniston],” she commented. “I literally just stared at it, and I was like, ‘They haven’t seen each other.… How is this even a thing? I know for a fact.’ … I actually took a picture of it and sent it to [DeGeneres] and said, ‘Can you believe this?’ Anyway, no, in other words, we avoid it. We don’t care.”
Overall, we think de Rossi and DeGeneres have the right attitude about all of this. It’s one thing to feel like you’re no different from other celebrities because you’re now worthy enough to become the focus of a ridiculous rumor, but it’s an entirely different matter to succumb to those rumors. Given these comments, we don’t imagine these two celebs giving into the rumors anytime soon.