Actress Portia De Rossi decided to go public with her sexuality after Ally Mc Beal castmate Greg Germann outed her in a New York bar. ' That was so profound." A couple of years after her heart to heart with Germann, De Rossi went public with her romance with Ringo Starr's stepdaughter Francesca Gregorini after the couple were caught by the paparazzi in 2001.
The Australian blonde was still struggling to come to terms with the fact she was a lesbian when perceptive Germann, who played her boss on the legal series, guessed that she was hiding her sexuality. She recalls, "Every single family member, every person I worked with, everybody knew all at once.
» The former girlfriend of Ellen De Generes is considering legal action against both the comedienne and her new lover, Ally Mc Beal actress Portia De Rossi.
Chat show host De Generes ended her four-year relationship with photographer-director Alexandra Hedison last month and is now sharing her Hollywood mansion with De Rossi, who recently split up with Ringo Starr's step-daughter Francesca Gregorini.
De Rossi, 32, and Gregorini, who is the stepdaughter of former Beatle Ringo Starr, dated for three years, until they spilt late last year.
» Portia De Rossi has given lover Ellen De Generes a Tiffany wedding band as a symbol of her devotion to the comedienne - and bought herself a matching ring.
The Arrested Development actress gave the band to De Generes on her 47th birthday after only a two month courtship.
De Rossi recently told Details magazine of her plans to have the tattoo removed, "I'm not saying it's anything I regret doing, because I don't, but it just doesn't make any sense now." Shortly after her break-up with Gregorini, de Rossi and talk show host De Generes became a couple.
Late last year, De Generes's girlfriend of four years, photographer Alexandra Hedison, reportedly moved out of the couple's Hollywood Hills home.
Hedison is now planning to take palimony action against De Generes, and is reportedly suing De Rossi for "alienation of affection" - a legal phrase dating back to when seducing a spouse was regarded as theft.