Ellen Degeneres Portia De Rossi Divorce

ELLEN DeGENERES and wife Portia de Rossi are leading separate lives, as pals fear they’re heading for an explosive $220 million divorce battle! 

The National ENQUIRER conducted an exclusive, weeklong investigation into the Hollywood power couple’s current living arrangements. Our undercover team observed Ellen, 57, frequently traveling between her main residence in West Hollywood to a separate L.A. hideaway, where she’s believed to be splitting her days and nights. Meanwhile, Portia, 42 – who on March 20, looked visibly gaunt and stressed in exclusive new pictures – is staying at the couple’s sprawling West Hollywood property.

Adding fuel to the fire, The ENQUIRER can reveal they are also spending their downtime separately – even though Ellen’s talk show is currently on a hiatus!

“Things have definitely been difficult for Ellen and Portia recently, so it’s no surprise to hear they’re spending time apart,” the insider said.

Another set of exclusive snaps obtained by The ENQUIRER showed Ellen enjoying an intimate outing with a mystery woman on March 23 – and Portia was nowhere in sight!

“It’s clear something’s not right, because Ellen and Portia have gone from being totally inseparable to barely doing anything together,” an insider divulged. “There was a time they were joined at the hip and would make every moment count when Ellen had time off.

Sadly, that appears to be a thing of the past, and you have to wonder what’s up in their marriage.”

Days before the pair’s solo outings, they were all smiles at the GLAAD Awards. Just a few days later, the troubled couple was spotted leaving CedarsSinai Hospital, and looked anything but happy.

Sources close to the situation also noted that while they are keen to present a united front when the cameras are rolling, behind the scenes it’s a different story. “Ellen and Portia are very concerned with their public image, but there’s a growing sense they’re faking their happiness for the cameras,” one insider told The ENQUIRER.

“There’s been a huge amount of tension behind the scenes for months, and although they deny it, it’s well-known within their inner circle that they’ve been through an extremely rocky patch that very nearly wound up in the divorce courts.”

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