Ellen de Generes has opened up about the bullying she faced in Hollywood after coming out as a lesbian back in 1997.
At the time, the chat show host appeared on the cover of TIME magazine and gave an interview to the Oprah Winfrey show, opening up about her sexuality.
Twenty years later, Ellen reveals in the September issue of Good Housekeeping that the declaration of her sexuality left her kicked out of the entertainment elite, spending several years in the wilderness.
“The bullying I endured (in Hollywood) after I came out made up for the lack of it during my childhood,” she said.
“I moved out of L.A., went into a severe depression, started seeing a therapist and had to go on anti-depressants for the first time in my life.
“It was scary and lonely. All I’d known for 30 years was work, and all of a sudden I had nothing. Plus, I was mad. It didn’t feel fair — I was the same person everyone had always known.”
Ellen is now one of the most famous people in the world.
“Anger and aggression weaken you, because they take so much energy to hold in place.
“But kindness is a strength (that) makes you more serene.
“Eventually I started meditating, working out and writing again, and I slowly started to climb out of it,” she told Good Housekeeping.
“I can’t believe I came back from that point. I can’t believe where my life is now.”
Ellen and Australian actress Portia de Rossi were married in 2008 and live in Beverly Hills, California with their four dogs and three cats.