Where Is Portia Renee Kappos de Rossi’s Ex, Mel Metcalfe III Today?

Where Is Portia Renee Kappos de Rossi’s Ex, Mel Metcalfe III Today?

Where Is Portia Renee Kappos de Rossi’s Ex, Mel Metcalfe III Today?Long before Portia de Rossi met and fell in love with Ellen DeGeneres, she walked down the aisle with a man named Mel Metcalfe III.renee Kappos



When it comes to most jobs, people show up to work, they clock in, and then they get to go home and leave their work behind for the day, at least physically. On the other hand, being famous is a 24 hours per day job as everything famous people do in the public eye is examined by the masses. With that in mind, it makes perfect sense that many famous couples fail to go the distance.

Of course, we all know there are exceptions to every rule. In this case, that means that some celebrity couples have managed to go the distance. A perfect example of a famous couple that made things work for a very long time, Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres first fell for each other in 2004 and they remain together to this very day.


As most people already know, Portia de Rossi married Ellen DeGeneres in 2008. On the other hand, many of Portia’s fans are unaware of the fact that she was married to a man named Mel Metcalfe III from 1996 until 1999. Once you learn that fact, many other questions arise including what is Metcalfe III up to today?

Finding Bliss

An extremely talented performer, Portia de Rossi rose to international fame as one of the stars of the highly acclaimed show Arrested Development. Of course, despite de Rossi’s many accomplishments, her spouse Ellen DeGeneres is even more famous due to her highly successful run as a daytime talk show.


Given the fact that Ellen and Portia are both famous, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that their relationship has been under a lot of scrutinies over the years. More than that, the couple has been dogged by imminent divorce rumors for many years. However, to date, all of that conjecture has gone nowhere as the pair remain together and they both talk about what makes their relationship work.

Portia’s First Marriage Went Very Wrong

Long before Portia de Rossi met and fell in love with Ellen DeGeneres, she walked down the aisle with a man named Mel Metcalfe III. A relationship that wasn’t meant to last, in an ideal world, Portia and Mel would have parted amicably and maybe even still be friends to this day. Unfortunately for de Rossi, that is far from the case as her first marriage came to a bitter end, to say the least.

In 2010, Portia de Rossi released a memoir titled “Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain”. In her book, Portia was very open about her life including the nature of her former marriage and how it came to a brutal end. In the book, Portia revealed that when her brother got married, he and his new wife “moved into an apartment in the same Melrose Place-style complex that was home to me and Mel”. Of course, it was natural for the two couples to spend lots of time together.


Unfortunately, for Portia and her brother, she revealed in her book that their spouses soon betrayed them and ran off together. “When my husband left me, my brother moved into my place… My husband ran off with his wife, so we kept each other company and we liked to go out for margaritas and Mexican food to commiserate.”

While Portia didn’t expect to be betrayed like that, in her book she wrote about how the signs were there in retrospect. “The fact that Renee would wear skimpy, lacy underwear clearly visible underneath her oversized, gaping overalls should have indicated to my brother and me that a personal partnership was also forming, but when Mel left me and Renee suddenly sabotaged her marriage to my brother to be with Mel, Brother and I were left idiotically scratching our heads in disbelief.”

Mel Metcalfe Today

Evidently a jack of all trades in the entertainment industry, over Mel Metcalfe III’s career he has taken on many jobs according to his IMDb page. Credited as an actor, cinematographer, producer, editor, and director, Metcalfe III has also worked in the Art Department and as a member of the Camera and Electrical Department. All of that said, little is known about his current career as his last IMDb credit is from 2011.

While it is very clear that Mel Metcalfe III and Portia de Rossi were not meant to be, it seems that he found true happiness in his second marriage. After Mel and Portia got divorced in 1999, Metcalfe III and Renee Kappos quickly became a couple and then went on to get married in 2006. Together ever since, from all indications, it seems like Kappos and Metcalfe III will go the distance.


currently married for more than 14 years, in July 2020 Renee Kappos celebrated her anniversary on her private Instagram account. Posting an image from their wedding, Kappos wrote; “Happy Anniversary 14 times, my amazing husband @melmmetcalfeiii. No one else that I would rather ride, rise, and fall through this life with…especially on this latest COVID roller coaster. You keep me laughing, and in love – pure gold. the article copy here


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