Ellen DeGeneres is celebrating National Coming Out Day with a candy tribute to her spouse.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show host took to Instagram on Thursday to present her spouse, Portia de Rossi, a candy shout-out in honor of the big day. The couple shares a kiss within the candy snap, taken onstage at DeGeneres’ discuss present.
DeGeneres and de Rossi began relationship in 2004, and tied the knot in 2008. They celebrated their 10th marriage ceremony anniversary simply two months in the past, in August.
“It’s the greatest gift you could give yourself. #NationalComingOutDay,” DeGeneres, who got here out in 1997, captioned the shot.
DeGeneres made headlines when she — and her character — got here out on an episode of her ’90s sitcom. “My character, Ellen Morgan, came out as a lesbian, and I, Ellen DeGeneres, came out at the same time,” DeGeneres recalled on a 2017 episode of her discuss present. “It was the first time a lead character had come out.”
“I can’t tell you how challenging it was to get this episode made, and at the time, it was so controversial,” she tearfully defined. “It was the hardest thing that I ever had to do in my life, and I would not change one moment of it because it led me to be exactly where I am today, standing in front of you, which is a joy.”
In an interview with The Advocate in August 2005, de Rossi revealed that her relationship with DeGeneres allowed her to beat her fears about popping out.
“My feelings for her overrode all of my fear about being out as a lesbian. I had to be with her, and I just figured I’d deal with the other stuff later,” she shared. “I respect her so much. She was so courageous and so loud in ’97, and now she is doing something that is more subliminal. She’s changing the world, she really is, and it’s exciting to be a part of that.”
The couple took their first daring step into the highlight a month after they began relationship once they walked the pink carpet collectively at a Golden Globes after-party in January 2005.
“I believe after I actually, really got here out was the Golden Globes when Arrested Development was nominated,” de Rossi informed James Lipton throughout an interview on Inside the Actors Studio years later.
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