2018 has started out with several high profile engagements, but one actress might have just stolen the show with her adorable, low-key wedding Instagram announcement. Ellen Page showed off her wedding ring, along with wife Emma Portner's ring, in a minimalistic post that will absolutely warm your heart and give you all the relationship goals.
"Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife," Page wrote on Instagram, tagging Portner and posting three photos — one of their hands adorned with plain wedding bands, one of an adorable cuddly moment, and one of Portner alone. There's no way to tell if it was planned, but Portner went pretty much the exact same direction with her Instagram post, saying "I get to call this incredible woman MY WIFE! @ellenpage I LOVE YOU!" She also used the same first photo of their hands reaching out to each other and then added another two of them huddled together romantically.
The two reportedly started dating in July 2017, when they were first spotted kissing in public, and since then they've appeared together at numerous events. Their almost-matching Instagram posts announcing that they were married, however, didn't include any details on the wedding itself, or when it happened. So perhaps there will be even more gorgeous photos to come, if the couple decides to publicize them.
It's especially nice to hear Page announcing this good news now, as she was most recently in the headlines in November, when she posted to Facebook accusing director Brett Ratner of "homophobic and abusive behavior." Specifically, Page claimed that Ratner had outed her on set, at a moment in her life when she was still very much trying to figure out her own sexuality — an action that Page claimed is very clearly homophobic.
“We are all entitled to come into an awareness of our sexual orientation privately and on our own terms," she wrote in the post. “Ratner’s comment replayed in my mind many times over the years as I encountered homophobia and coped with feelings of reluctance and uncertainty about the industry and my future in it.”
Ratner's attorney, Martin Singer, denied the allegations. "I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” he said. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”
Page, of course, later came out with an inspiring speech, and her secret wedding to Portner basically caps her own personal "It Gets Better" story. Their relationship was featured heavily in the tabloids soon after it began. And rather than shying away from that, they've reveled in the opportunity granted to them to change things for the better for young LGBTQ people.
"If anything, I’m happy for it. We try to hold hands in public. I try to join her at movie premieres. If we were a straight couple, I don’t think we’d push it so much. But it’s a chance for queerness to be out in the open," Portner said, explaining her feelings on the benefit of fame, in their case. Portner, a dancer and choreographer, also makes an effort to disrupt people's expectations of gender in her work, which is especially groundbreaking in a field like dance where people expect to see men and women play certain roles in such a visual way.
What she doesn't depend on in her choreography, she says, is "typical heteronormative gender politics, in the way that the ballet world might designate the male/female binary quite clearly. My work can easily substitute men and women as neutral."
It's pretty clear from the reaction that Page and Portner are getting, though, that no one feels neutral about their nuptials, or about their perfectly simple wedding rings. In case you weren't optimistic about the way 2018 will pan out, Page and Portner have just offered everyone a little bit of light and hope.