Actress Portia James DeGeneres says she
was destined to be with Ellen.
Portia talked about her
love-at-first-sight romance with her wife-to-be in the November issue
of The Australian Women's Weekly.
“I never thought I would experience
that kind of feeling, being a lesbian,” says Portia. “That
overwhelming experience of seeing someone across a room and falling
in love with them.”
The women had actually met three years
earlier, but a closeted Portia declined Ellen's invitation to attend
a party she was throwing at her house.
“I was too nervous,” she says. “We
both really, really liked each other and there was definitely a lot
of chemistry there, but it was a ridiculous thought for me to be
closeted and terrified of being discovered, and then date the most
famous lesbian in the world. It wasn't going to happen.”
Ellen and Portia began dating in 2004
and married in 2008 during the brief window when gay marriage was
legal in California. Portia, formerly Portia de Rossi, recently took
her wife's surname.
She is expected to reveal more about
her coming out lesbian in her upcoming memoir Unbearable
Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain due out on November 1.