EMMA PORTNER AND ELLIOT PAGE: A TIMELINE OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP
Elliot Page and Emma Portner had a whirlwind relationship from the time they first met in 2017. But after three years of marriage, Page has reportedly filed for divorce.
2017: Page and Portner met for the first time on Instagram
In true 21st-century form, the actor and the professional dancer met each other on social media in 2017.
According to The New York Times, Page first noticed Portner when she posted a dance video on Instagram to a song by Sylvan Esso — which was then shared by the band.
When Page saw the video, he felt inclined to message Portner.
“I thought, damn, this girl is so talented and so cool. I knew right away we were both creative spirits,” he told the publication.
In the same interview, Portner reflected on the first time she noticed Page while watching one of his films when she was 12 years old.
“I knew we’d cross paths someday — I just wasn’t quite sure when or how,” she said.
June 27, 2017: They posted their first video collaboration online
In the video, Page sang an acoustic cover of the pop song as Portner performed a live dance improvisation.
In August 2017, the dancer posted another video they worked on together. Portner called it a “movement film,” and it featured the two dancing to the song “Slack Jaw” by Sylvan Esso.
September 27, 2017: The couple went to their first movie premiere together
One of their first public appearances together was at the LA premiere of Page’s film “Flatliners.”
Page posted a cute photo of himself and Portner in a car on the way to the theater with the caption, “On the way to the @flatlinersmovie premiere!”
While on the red carpet, Entertainment Tonight asked Page how it felt to have his girlfriend’s support at the event.
“Oh, it’s the best,” he replied. “Yeah, it’s the best.”
October 13, 2017: Portner called their media attention ‘a chance for queerness to be out in the open’
Not long after their relationship started, Portner learned that dating a Hollywood actor came with a lot of public attention.
“It’s quite crazy. But if anything, I’m happy for it,” she told The Cut. “We try to hold hands in public. I try to join him at movie premieres … It’s a chance for queerness to be out in the open.”
January 2018: The two got married in a private ceremony
Although the couple didn’t share the exact date they got married or any details about the ceremony, Page posted on Instagram on January 3 announcing their marriage.
December 27, 2018: Portner opened up about their ‘indefatigable connection’
In an interview with Them, Portner discussed the positive impact Page has had on her dancing career.
“Elliot [Page] helps me to think a lot more about the intention behind specific movements,” she said. “I’m much softer now and able to express intimacy more genuinely in my art.”
She also opened up about their connection and relationship.
“He and I have an indefatigable connection and this undying desire to be near each other,” she said. “It cannot ever be perfect, but we really respect each other. Love can’t flow without respect. Elliot is the best, and I still cry every time we part ways for work. I probably will forever, and I’m OK with that.”
February 22, 2019: Page called his wedding night ‘the most magical night’ of his life
A year after getting married, Page opened up about his relationship during an interview with Net-A-Porter.
“I’m so in love. I love being married,” he said. “I’ll be walking my dog, and I start talking to people, and I end up telling them about my wife and making them look at our Instagram. I’m that person.”
Page also shared that their small, private wedding was “the most magical night” of his life and told the publication that they’d discussed adopting a child.
December 2, 2020: Portner offered Page her full support when he came out as transgender
At the beginning of December, Page posted a statement on Instagram sharing his nonbinary, transgender identity.
Almost immediately after, Portner reposted Page’s note on her own account with the caption, “I am so proud of @elliotpage. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world.”
The post continued, “I also ask for patience and privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”
January 26, 2021: Page filed for divorce
Three years after their secret 2018 wedding, Page has filed for divorce.
“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce following our separation last summer,” the pair said in a joint statement to People on Tuesday. “We have the utmost respect for each other and remain close friends.”