Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossi to ‘split’, report claims

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Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are preparing for a “sad split”.

The couple, who have been together more than a decade, have been preparing to sell their homes in recent months ahead of a break up, according to reports.

$58.6m of assets have been put up for sale, including a home in Santa Barbara, California, which Ellen had previously described as her “forever” home.

They are also selling a luxury condo in Beverley Hills, which they bought in 2014.

Despite the 59-year-old talk show host publicly telling fans that her marriage to is “fine”, sources have told OK! Magazine that the sale of the luxury 1930s villa is only the start of a “sad split” for the pair.

“They’re not only headed for a divorce, but they’re also secretly splitting up their assets before they make an official announcement,” the insider told the publication.

“Not only will they not be growing old in that [Santa Barbara] home, which was their dream, but they won’t be growing old together, period,” the OK! insider continued.

The magazine reports that the numerous sales, which are currently taking place, are in a bid to make the break up from Australian actress Portia as “scandal free” and organised as possible by the time they go public with the sad news.

Ellen is thought to be one of the richest LGBT people in the world, earning millions from her daytime show.

The married couple moved into the 10,000 square foot Santa Barbara home less than five years ago, having called it their “forever” home.

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossi to ‘split’, report claims

The mansion features a main house with six bedrooms, nine fireplaces, and an 800-square-foot living room, a swimming pool, classic fountains and sunken tennis courts, all set in 17 acres of grounds.

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossi to ‘split’, report claims

It’s now on the market for an incredible $45m.

Ellen said: “The house is always surprising. It reveals itself to you in new ways every day.

“It’s not overly manicured or tidy. It’s not overly precious or perfect.

“And it’s a home that manages to be both spacious and cosy at once.”

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossi to ‘split’, report claims

Ellen and Portia have been surrounded by split rumours in recent months, with the comic talking down reports in October last year, telling People magazine: “I can’t imagine not being married.

“I have my best friend, the person I want to spend time with more than anybody else in the world.”

The break up news comes after Ellen received the honour of her life late last year, when outoing president Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Caitlyn Jenner also recently blamed Ellen for her alienation from the LGBT community, ahead of a new memoir to be released.

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