2. Portia De Rossi
Before she married Ellen DeGeneres in 2008, Portia de Rossi was married to a man and had embarked on several relationships with men. In her book Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain (via the Daily Mail), de Rossi details how her husband, documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe, left her for her own brother’s wife in 1999 after three years of marriage. Yikes! The Australian actress admitted she married Metcalfe in the hopes of getting her green card to stay in the United States (though she ended up unable to get one from him) and confessed, “By the end of our first year together, despite my desire to be attracted to him, my latent fear of my real sexuality was simmering and about to boil.”
De Rossi admitted later on The Conversation with Amanda De Cadenet, (via E! News), “I just didn’t want to be a lesbian.” That changed when she met DeGeneres backstage at an awards show, prompting her to come out of the closet and tie the knot four years later.