If you didn't, then you obviously haven't read her memoir Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain. Having read the book ourselves MONTHS ago, we knew all about it, but it seems to be new information for some of you.
So, allow us to review.
Yes, Portia de Rossi was married before she ended up with Ellen DeGeneres, to a man named Mel Metcalfe. He's a documentary filmmaker and the pair were together for three years during the late nineties. But then, as Portia writes in her book, Mel left her and all hell broke loose in her family:
“When my husband left me, my brother moved in to my place… My husband ran off with his wife, so we kept each other company and we liked to go out for margaritas and Mexican food to commiserate…The fact that Renee would wear skimpy, lacy underwear clearly visible underneath her oversized, gaping overalls should have indicated to my brother and me that a personal partnership was also forming, but when Mel left me and Renee suddenly sabotaged her marriage to my brother to be with Mel, Brother and I were left idiotically scratching our heads in disbelief.”
Now that's what we call a family affair! Such scandal!
But even though the past is getting dredged up by the book, we think she's totally moved past the whole thing. That was over a decade ago and now she has Ellen and a happy life. What more could a girl ask for?
Hopefully, the same can be said of her poor brother!
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