Ellen DeGeneres admits to 'anger and depression' after coming out


American talkshow host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has said there was a "whole lot of anger and depression" after she came out.

The 58-year-old said that when she went public about her sexuality, in 1997, it was initially celebrated.

Elen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

But Ellen told the Mail on Sunday's You magazine: "Then it just turned, and I mean, turned. Obviously, worrying about what would happen afterwards is why it took me so long to come out.

"I was a very insecure person and depended on validation from people who watched my show or my stand-up - validation I felt I'd lose if everybody knew who I really was.

"Afterwards, there were jokes at my expense and I couldn't turn on the TV at night without some comedian or talkshow host making fun of me. Not for a minute did I regret doing what I did, but it was hard."

Ellen DeGeneres with actors Kurt Russell and Anne Heche in 1998

She added: "There was a whole lot of anger and depression, and it was scary because I was also running out of money."

But now Ellen said her career "couldn't be in a better place".

Ellen voices the protagonist fish in Pixar animated film Finding Dory, which is being released in the UK on July 29. It is a sequel to the 2003 film, Finding Nemo.

Ellen DeGeneres made a furry friend at the premiere of Finding Dory (David Jensen/PA)