In a clip from Oprah’s Master Class, Ellen DeGeneres opens up about her struggle to come out back in the 90s.
Ellen reveals that coming out was never something she thought she’d be able to do:
“I didn’t think I was going to come out. Period. And I didn’t think I’d be coming out on a show, ever.”
Yet come out she did. Ellen famously came out on her sitcom Ellen in 1997. Her decision to come out was motivated by a realization she had after taking a look at her subconscious thoughts. Ellen says,
“What came out of listening to what I had been saying to myself is, ‘Would I still be famous? Would they still love me if they knew I was gay?’ And my fear was, ‘No, they wouldn’t.’ And then it made me feel ashamed that I was hiding something…and I just didn’t want to pretend to be somebody else anymore so that people would like me.”