Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres have been hit with divorce rumors at pretty much every turn lately, but behind the scenes sources say the couple is doing all they can to continue on and gain a sense of normalcy.
Rumors have said that Ellen cheated before and during Portia’s rehab visit earlier this year, and that Ellen’s controlling ways are driving Portia away. But amid the endless tabloid reports the couple has denied the rumors, and now are engaging in one of their favorite pastimes — fixing up a new place.
After renovating and flipping a swanky pad to Napster founder Sean Fanning earlier this year, Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres just picked up a new place, Radar Online reported.
“Ellen and Portia just purchased an entire floor of a luxury building in Beverly Hills,” a source told the celebrity news outlet.
“It is very centrally located, right in the heart of everything that they do in Hollywood. They still have the land and the space they love in Santa Barbara, but this spot offers the convenience that they need,” the source explained.
The source added that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi would not have bought the place if their marriage was as bad as reports had indicated.
“It’s a good sign that they are going to stay together,” the source tells Radar. “Ellen and Portia have always loved working on a home project together!”
But the new place, purchased in late July, hasn’t done much to stop tabloid speculation. Recently a new source indicated that Ellen has been so controlling that she’s even dictated which roles Portia can and cannot take.
“Ellen has made her turn down roles she was offered,” a source told In Touch magazine in its August 11 issue. “Ellen would act as if Portia wasn’t strong enough to take them, but it had nothing to do with her helping her–it’s about control.”
“Working would be the best thing for Portia,” the insider added.
But other sources say the couple is working hard at their problems, with Ellen DeGeneres vowing to give up drinking as a way to support Portia de Rossi in her post-rehab recovery.