Date: 3rd November 2000

Degeneres And Etheridge Come Out -As A Couple

Hollywood has a new hot couple - celebrity lesbians ELLEN DEGENERES and MELISSA ETHERIDGE.

According to America's THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, rocker Melissa has been crazy about the comedian for ages and dumped her long-term lover JULIE CYPHER shortly after Ellen split from actress squeeze ANNE HECHE.

The loved-up ladies have just been on their first date, which seems to have been a roaring success. An onlooker reports, "The girls sat across from each other and acted like they were the only two people on the planet. "They leaned in close to talk privately sometimes - whispering in each other's ears. Ellen spent the night gazing at Melissa and smiling at her." (KW/NE/NFA)

Source: WENN