We are in 1997. That year, Ellen DeGeneres was 39 years old and was on the cover of the famous Time magazine with the headline: “Yes, I am gay”. Twenty-five years later, Portia de Rossi’s partner remembered with nostalgia this moment that marked a great turning point in her life.
followed by more than 100 million followers on Instagram, the famous driver, in fact, decided to share the cover in question on the social network. All smiles in the photo, the fact that he had revealed her sexual orientation to the whole world still hurt him at the time.
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Matt Bomer, Elton John, Eliot Page, Ricky Martin, Queen Latifah… there are more and more openly queer personalities. It must be said that mentalities have changed drastically in recent years, homosexuality is no longer as taboo as it used to be. Therefore, coming out of the closet has become easier, but not without risk..
In fact, publicly assuming one’s sexuality can unfortunately have serious repercussions on a career… Something that Ellen DeGeneres experienced after coming out.
As a reminder, for 4 years, that is, from 1994 to 1998, the sexagenarian was a success inside Elena, a sitcom that once aired on ABC. Her notoriety increased when the character she played, Ellen Morgan, appeared in one of the episodes. The first in a series.
Of course, at the time, this caused a lot of controversy. Many viewers notably sent messages of protest to the production.
Released from a huge weight that weighed on her shoulders, Ellen will unfortunately go through a difficult period after her big reveal, as evidenced by her statements in 2018, in the Netflix series. Comedians in car drinking coffee.
According to him, before the launch of his famous show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he was unable to work for more than three years when the program ended.
“I was really very bitter, both sad and angry (…) How is it possible that my honesty, the fact of saying ‘I am homosexual’, has changed everything? Why is it so shocking to people? Why is this such a serious problem? she wondered.
At the center of a lively controversy
And 2016, Ellen DeGeneres is listed on at the top of the list of the 100 personalities who have contributed most to advancing the cause of people belonging to the LGBT community. Very popular in the United States, in 2020 his image has unfortunately been tarnished by several incriminating testimonies against him.
In a Buzzfeed media poll, 11 of their employees testified about their ordeals behind the scenes of their Be kind talk show. In particular, they denounced a toxic work environment, unjustified dismissals, racist comments. In short, serious accusations that obviously affected the main parties involved.
“As you may have heard this summer, there have been reports of a toxic work environment on our show. (…) I take it very seriously. I really feel sorry for those affected. »
Aware of being privileged and having power, she claims to take responsibility for what happens in her program and to have made the necessary changes. Still in her words:
“I am the person you see on TV, but I am also full of other things. And if I’ve ever let anyone down or hurt anyone, I’m so sorry. »
During this difficult period, Ellen Degeners, who celebrated her 64th birthday earlier this year, was able to count on the unwavering support of her wife.
happy at home
For information, for 14 years, Ellen DeGeneres is married to‘Actress Australian Portia de Rossi. Together, the two women form one of the most solid, complicit and fun couples in the world of entertainment. In love with each other, their meeting dates back to 2003 during a photo session. Being 42 years old at the time, the facilitator already fully accepted his homosexuality, unlike half of him who was 27 years old.
In 2004 they started dating and a shot later, during the Golden Globes ceremony, the couple formalized their relationship. In 2008 they said “yes” to life after the State of California authorized marriage between people of the same.
In the media or on the networks, they regularly make beautiful declarations of love. In 2016, Portia said, among other things:
“We are very good friends and we talk about everything, we never lie to each other, not even the smallest lies. She is like my best friend and I want to be with her all the time. »
Needless to say, his words touched Ellen deeply and we wish them many decades of love together.
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