Portia de Rossi: ‘I Was Very, Very Nervous’ to Come Out


Portia de Rossi may be half of one of the most famous same-sex couples of all time, but according to a new interview, the 40-year-old actress wasn't always so comfortable with her sexuality.

"When I really, truly came out was the [2005] Golden Globes, when 'Arrested Development' was nominated," she told James Lipton of debuting her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres during a sit down with her "Arrested" castmates for his "Inside The Actors Studio" Thursday, Nov. 7.

"Ellen and I had been together for a month, and I was very, very nervous going to that, because I knew I was going to meet up with her after the show. And that there was press," she said, adding, "That was the first time we stepped out together as a couple, but for me, it was the first time I stepped out as a gay woman, really."

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This revelation from a normally reserved de Rossi, who married DeGeneres in 2008, comes just days after she opened up on "The Conversation With Amanda De Cadenet."

"I just didn't want to be a lesbian," she told the host. "I'd never met one for a start, and I just thought they were strange and that they hated men and they were very serious, and I had these ridiculous images in my head and there were no out celebrities or politicians or anybody that I could look to and go, 'Oh, I could be like that.'"

Prior to her marriage with DeGeneres, the "Ally McBeal" star was wed to male documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999, but later told The Advocate that "it just obviously wasn't right for me," revealing that as an Australian actress she'd been motivated to get a green card, but didn't go through with the plan in the end.

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Portia kept her homosexuality under wraps until paparazzi photos of her and an ex-girlfriend, singer Francesca Gergorini, were published and essentially outed her. "I didn't like people thinking of me as a sexual being, and I was just terrified that people would know that I was gay," she said to "The Conversation."

But, reports that her wife of five years is upset by de Rossi's candid comments seem unfounded. On DeGeneres' Thursday show, the talk show host discussed their relationship with guest Kaley Cuoco, whose recent whirlwind engagement to tennis player Ryan Sweeting has been causing tongues to wag.

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"I know what it's like, because you know, Portia and I met [and] we kind of moved in within two weeks, and we've been together for nine years," DeGeneres shared. "When you feel it, you just know it."

What do you think of de Rossi's revelations?