Ellen DeGeneres considers Portia de Rossi, her wife of 10 years, the most precious person in her life—so precious, that she (relatably!) worries about her all of the time. In a new interview with The New York Times, the talk show host revealed just how protective she is of the actress.
When the talk show host heard of de Rossi's recent tumble off of a horse (and consequent concussion) in the middle of her interview, DeGeneres immediately reacted. She tensed up and asked, "What do you mean? Is anything broken? Baby!" She then told the reporter, "This is my biggest fear," she says. "I'm scared all the time for her." When she saw de Rossi for the first time after the incident, she held her close and implored her wife to "stop riding horses."
The intense fear DeGeneres feels over losing her wife shows how strongly she loves her. According to DeGeneres, that deep-rooted connection sparked when they first met. In an interview with Oprah in 2012, she spoke about the first time she saw Portia. "I just walked over to say hello to her, and I couldn't believe it," she said. "But she turned around and it was like an arrow was shot through my heart. I felt weak at the knees and I was overwhelmed with how I felt."
The two married in an intimate ceremony in August 2008 and their relationship is just as strong today. "She's taught me lessons about myself, and I feel like I've taught her," DeGeneres told People in 2007. "We've both changed and grown, and we just feel like, 'Oh, okay, this is completion.'"