It’s probably fair to say that almost everyone in the United States knows the name Ellen DeGeneres. She’s a hugely successful TV host, after all. But to some, the comedienne may also feel like a genuine friend. And this is partly thanks to her openness and candour when it comes to her off-screen life. In 2018, for instance, DeGeneres made a heartbreaking admission to her followers.
To many of us, DeGeneres may appear to lead a wonderful life. She’s a beloved TV personality, for one thing, she has a multitude of awards on her shelves, and she’s married to fellow actor Portia de Rossi. Plus, she was a trailblazer for other LGBT people in a time when coming out was much more difficult than it is today.
But DeGeneres’ path to stardom wasn’t always easy. In fact, her 20s were rocked by tragedy – and she at one point blamed herself for it. Afterwards, though, DeGeneres was able to make sense of the terrible trauma and channel her grief into comedy. And the experience no doubt made the popular host the person she is now.