After eight years of marriage, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi recently hit a rough patch in their relationship — but a source tells Life & Style that the couple is trying really hard to get things back on track.

“Ellen has been in counseling, both solo and with Portia,” the insider reveals. “Part of their therapy is to go on more date nights. That’s why they’ve been seen out and about more together lately.”

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In fact, the duo was spotted holding hands at a pre-Oscars party in LA on Feb. 25, and spent a recent day shopping along Melrose Avenue. “It’s all about spending quality time together, but still giving each other space during the workday,” the source shares.

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For awhile, it seemed like the comedienne, 59, and the actress, 44, would be going their separate ways. “Ellen and Portia had been fighting more than ever. Portia was frustrated because she was spending a lot of time on Ellen’s talk show set or sitting at home, waiting for Ellen to spend time with her,” the source admits.

Things would often get so heated that the studio crew would overhear their arguments. “Ellen hates that,” the insider says. “She never wants people at work to know about her personal problems. It was a huge wake-up call for her.”

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Thankfully, the pair appears to be in a much better place now. The former Oscars host previously shot down divorce rumors in October, telling People magazine, “There’s no best part [about being married.] It’s everything. I can’t imagine not being married. I have my best friend, the person I want to spend time with more than anybody else in the world.”

She added, “Portia and I constantly say to each other, ‘We are so lucky.’ Sometimes it’s lying in bed at night before I go to sleep, and I just say, ‘Thank you to whatever, whoever is out there.'”

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