DeGeneres said, “It is the first and only time in my entire life that I have known that I will be with someone for the remainder of my lifetime.” PeopleIn November 2005. Her relationship was with a photographer. Alexandra Hedison For four years, she was with de Rossi before they got married.

“We were just supposed to be together,” the still fairly new talk show host said. The decision was difficult. Because I tried to keep it quiet, I started getting physically sick. Francesca was also informed by Alex. It was hard to move everything.

Gregorini admits to The AdvocateShe said in 2014 that she was devastated by her split with de Rossi. I’ve never really talked about it, and, I want to be respectful to all the players, and, to be honest, I’ve definitely made my peace—Portia and I are friends, I’m friends with Ellen.”

“Everything worked out the way it was supposed to,” Gregorini said. “But it certainly, at that time, was a very harrowing, heartbreak-inducing experience. It’s terrible to go through a breakup. But, being dragged through media while it happens, in real-time, is definitely not an easy task. This made me stronger. Although I was definitely down, it did give me the resolve to rise again and improve my quality of life.

“We were meant for each other for this point in our lives, but then we parted ways, and now she has a wonderful partner. They are a great match.