Before Ellen there was Francesca. “Arrested Development” actress Portia de Rossi owes part of her fame to her much-publicized relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. However, prior to this, Portia was in a three-year-long relationship with filmmaker Francesca Gregorini.
It took Francesca a full decade before she cleared the air around their breakup and it woefully turns out that Portia broke off her engagement with Francesca to pursue a romance with Ellen. The tabloids went to town, with headlines that said she was dumped by “America’s Most Famous Lesbian.” Gregorini’s loss and heartbreak played out on a national stage. Although describing the split as “harrowing,” Francesca has made peace and says “Everything turned out as it was meant to.”
B.D. Wong & Richie Jackson
"Law and Order" mainstay B.D. Wong is a committed man. B.D. and his ex-husband, talent agent Richie Jackson, were in a relationship for sixteen years before irreconcilable differences forced them to part ways. Richie and B.D. had twin sons through a surrogate in 2000, but one of the boys died 90 minutes after childbirth.
Today they are devoted parents to son, Jackson Foo Wong. The two have remained close and dutifully share parenting responsibilities. Richie found love again and married Jason Roth. It took a while – a good fourteen years in fact – but B.D. has since remarried videographer Richert Schnorr.
Janelle Monáe & Tessa Thompson
Actress Tessa Thompson and musician Janelle Monáe have mastered the mystery of their relationship and have kept us all in suspense as to the true nature of it. When the question of whether or not they were in a relationship was posed to Tessa, she added to the vagueness, stating that privacy is of the utmost importance to both of them.
She went on to explain that it’s challenging to maintain that need for privacy while using their status to influence. We guess there’s no right or wrong answer here! Although the queer community wanted so badly to wish this relationship to life, neither Janelle nor Tessa have ever officially confirmed their romantic relationship. The open-endedness is refreshing and frustrating.
Kaitlynn Carter & Miley Cyrus
Mutual understanding seems to have been the downfall of this dalliance. Miley Cyrus, who at the time was fresh off the divorce boat, entered into a jet-setting courtship with reality-TV star Kaitlynn Carter. Kaitlynn should have known that Cyrus, being a recent divorcee, was not exactly in the market for immediate commitment and found herself more of a rebound for Miley.
Kaitlynn said that while the relationship was fleeting, it taught her valuable lessons in expectations and keeping her private life out of public scrutiny. Moving on was tough for Kaitlynn. She was not prepared for the intense media attention and gossip after she and Miley broke up.
Christian Siriano & Bradley Walsh
After walking down the wedding aisle, Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh regrettably found themselves walking in reverse. Christian, a highly reputable fashion designer, and Bradley, a singer and DJ, shared eleven magical years together that ironically came to a crashing halt after only two years of being wed.
The couple kept their separation a secret for a whole month. But a reporter soon found out and contacted Bradley for comments. He decided to break the news himself instead of having his followers read about it in the papers. The pair did not divulge what the final straw was but what we do know is that it took a full three years for them to finalize the divorce. Love dies hard.