She’s been happily married to wife Portia de Rossi since 2008.
But Ellen DeGeneres has opened up on the cruel bullying she faced from some of her Hollywood peers when she first came out as gay back in 1997,
The chat show host, actress and producer, 59, revealed she feel into a ‘severe depression’ as she struggled to cope with the attention surrounding her personal life during a new interview with the September issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.
Ellen explained: ‘The bullying I endured [in Hollywood] after I came out made up for the lack of it during my childhood. I can’t believe I came back from that point.
‘I moved out of LA, went into a severe depression, started seeing a therapist and had to go on antidepressants 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.
‘I can’t believe where my life is now. I don’t know what people are saying about me, and I don’t want to know, because I don’t care. My motto is, “I do my best. You can be with me or not”.’
As one of Hollywood’s most powerful women, Ellen learned at a young age that it was easy and important to practice kindness.
She added: ‘I grew up in a pretty religious family, and the one thing I heard every Sunday was “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you”.
‘To me, still, that’s the golden rule to live by, and it’s not something to work at, either. It’s just the way we should live.
‘If we don’t, it’s chaos… 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.’
DeGeneres married actress Portia De Rossi, 44, in 2008 after nearly four years of dating.