Former ALLY McBEAL star Portia De Rossi is shedding a tattoo with her former partner's initials, after embarking on a romance with comedienne ELLEN DeGENERES.

The tattoo, which is on De Rossi's ring finger, was meant to show her commitment to her now ex-girlfriend, singer-songwriter FRANCESCA GREGORINI.

De Rossi, 32, and Gregorini, who is the stepdaughter of former beatle Ringo Starr, dated for three years, until they spilt late last year (04).

De Rossi recently told DETAILS magazine of her plans to have the tattoo removed, "I'm not saying it's anything I regret doing, because I don't, but it just doesn't make any sense now."

Shortly after her break-up with Gregorini, de Rossi and talk show host DeGeneres became a couple.

Late last year, DeGeneres's girlfriend of four years, photographer Alexandra Hedison, reportedly moved out of the couple's Hollywood Hills home.

15/04/2005 02:56