Ellen DeGeneres says that her epically successful career was almost sidelined due to bullying in Hollywood after she came out as gay.
DeGeneres discusses her ordeal in a Good Housekeeping cover interview as she prepares to celebrate the 15th season of her daytime talk show this year.
- The 59-year-old tells GH: "The bullying I endured [in Hollywood] after I came out made up for the lack of it during my childhood. I moved out of L.A., went into a severe depression, started seeing a therapist and had to go on antidepressants for the first time in my life."
- DeGeneres came out in April of 1997, not just as herself, but as her character on the ABC sitcom Ellen. A year later, the show was cancelled.
- "It was scary and lonely. All I'd known for 30 years was work, and all of a sudden I had nothing," she shares. "Plus, I was mad. It didn't feel fair - I was the same person everyone had always known."
- She says that the road back was tough, but ultimately very rewarding.
- "Eventually I started meditating, working out and writing again, and I slowly started to climb out of it," she tells the publication. "I can't believe I came back from that point. I can't believe where my life is now."
- Another anniversary she's celebrating is her nine years with Portia de Rossi. DeGeneres tells GH: “Portia understands me completely. In our vows, she recited a quote, 'It is good to be loved. It is profound to be understood' — and to me, that's everything.”
- Good Housekeeping hits newsstands August 15th.