"The divorce rumors came and then we really knew the perceptions had changed,” de Rossi told Us Weekly on Wednesday. “I’m not kidding. I know it sounds ridiculous, but when that started happening I thought, ‘Oh, now we’re finally accepted.’ We get the same s—t as every celebrity couple."
If her response has you scratching your head, consider her words more carefully. Perceptions of same-sex marriage have evolved in the past 20 years, and it's easy for some to forget in 2018 that gay people could not legally wed anywhere in the United States until 2015.
Even when someone as beloved as DeGeneres came out in 1997, she wasn't immune to scrutiny. Her studio received angry letters from viewers, reports Vanity Fair, and Ellen was called "Ellen Degenerate." Additionally and importantly, though, the star received masses of thank you letters.
Yes, keeping this in mind might make those rumors seem less annoying, but don't get it mixed up—just because de Rossi said it helped reflect acceptance, doesn't mean the couple is fine and dandy with each and every salacious gossip story thrown at them.
Their tactic? Simply ignore it. Not a bad call, if you ask us.
This article originally appeared on InStyle U.S.