"I thought she was the most incredible woman I ever met," Portia says. "I was very excited to be around her, but there's no way in my mind I would ever think she'd be attracted to me at that weight—but she was."
Portia says Ellen saves her every day by loving her for who she really is—no matter how she looks or what she weighs.
"I think her love for me is so unconditional that it actually makes me feel like maybe I should kind of start accepting myself for exactly who I am, because she seems to," she says.
Watch Ellen talk about Portia's painful past.