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Portia DeGeneres: Stress Over Sexuality Had Me Eating 300 Calories, Dropping To 82 Pounds

“It wasn’t that I was proud of it,” the newly renamed Portia DeGeneres (nee de Rossi) tells Oprah in an interview airing Monday about her anorexia. “But it was certainly a recognition for my self control. I definitely had some pretty amazing willpower to get down to 82 pounds. And that’s what I was holding on to. I didn’t think about anything else.” It required dropping her food intake down to a frightening 300 calories — part of which she blames on feelings of depression while struggling to come to terms with her sexuality.

And in an interview with Australia’s Women’s Weekly, Portia says she “was around 90 pounds and I remember feeling very afraid of food every night” while playing Nell Porter on Ally McBeal. It was during her marriage to documentarian Mel Metcalfe in the late 90s where she began confronting the reality of being gay, which she dealt with by not eating.

By:           MAX SIMON
On:           Oct 30, 2010
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  • 14 Comments
    • Mark
      Mark

      Portia seems to have deleted her 4 year lesbian relationship with Francesca Gregorini from her memory.
      She was with Francesca until she met Ellen.
      What gives?

      Oct 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Naya
      Naya

      Ellen never mentions Alexandra Hedison either. Maybe they have some kind of pact, rumour does say they were both still in relationships/dating these women, when she and Ellen got together. I don’t know if that’s true, but it could be a possible reason.

      Oct 31, 2010 at 12:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JanisBing
      JanisBing

      Apparently she discusses her relationship with Gregorini in her book (at least that’s what I got from AfterEllen’s review). I feel for her, I went through the exact same struggle but it’s still painful to watch in others. I hate that the world did this to her.

      Oct 31, 2010 at 6:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      being gay caused you to lose weight??…please….

      Oct 31, 2010 at 11:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark
      Mark

      Being gay has less to do with her losing weight than working in Hollywood I suspect. Calista Flockhart and Courtney Thorne Smith both became seriously underweight while working on Ally McBeal akso.

      Oct 31, 2010 at 1:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      I don’t think i like her. She seems so damn self absorbed. Note to Portia: You are not the first lady of lesbian couples!!!

      Oct 31, 2010 at 2:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      Yeah, let’s all slate the girl with an eating disorder.
      Way to go, guys!

      btw, what happened to the thumbs up/down thingy.
      Voting people up and down on here was my only intoxicating taste of true power.

      Oct 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      You all would have got a thumb down, btw.
      Sorry :(

      Oct 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      The reason certain women watch Ellen is they have something in common with certain lesbians….they all hate men….

      Oct 31, 2010 at 7:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      Portia is brave to go public with her story. I hope her recovery will inspire other people to seek help for eating disorders.

      Nov 1, 2010 at 12:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Annoyed.
      Annoyed.

      “The reason certain women watch Ellen is they have something in common with certain lesbians….they all hate men….”

      and here i thought i watched it to look at ellen’s ass. go figure.
      not all men, just certain queerty commentators.

      Nov 1, 2010 at 8:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • villager
      villager

      umm. no, alan, i don’t hate men. i hate dick. there’s a difference.

      Nov 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      @alan brickman strained really hard and pushed out, “Certain lesbians all hate men.”

      Ignorant, superficial and dickish all at once. Bet you’re a big hit at parties.

      Y’know, the tea kind.

      Nov 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stormy
      Stormy

      There are a lot of pigs that comment on this site! It is absolutely absurd and disgusting.

      Nov 2, 2010 at 10:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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