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Known for her light-hearted approach to life, it’s not often we see Ellen DeGeneres cry.

But the star was left teary eyed in the White House yesterday as she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

The 58-year-old comedian was one of 21 people – which included Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Diana Ross, Michael Jordan and Bruce Springsteen – who were granted the prestigious award in acknowledgement of their contributions to American society.

Praising the host’s decision to publicly reveal her sexuality despite the effect it could have had on her career, the President said: “It’s easy to forget now…just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago.”

He acknowledged the effect that move had on the LGBT community and the general public as it forced people to “challenge [their] assumptions and remind [them they] have more in common than [they] realise”.

“What an incredible burden that was to bare,” he said.  “To risk your career like that.  People don’t do that very often.”

Mr Obama then decided to make a joke to “break the mood” as he felt himself “getting kind of choked up” while speaking of Ellen.

The celebrated television presenter came out as a lesbian in 1997.  Her sitcom, Ellen, was cancelled shortly afterwards, leaving her unemployed and “mired in depression”.

She married Portia de Rossi at their Beverly Hills home in August 2008.

Feat image: AP


Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week, you will be aware that Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner were caught getting very close on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean over the Christmas break. 

Since then we have been thrust headfirst into a spiral of rumours including that the pair are officially back on after dating briefly back in 2012 and that Taylor Swift is apparently raging. 

And while we cannot verify most of these rumours, we do know that the couple were joined for the day by none other than our favourite funny lady, Ellen DeGeneres. 

And thankfully, Ellen was not afraid to reveal the deets behind her envious romp on the star-studded yacht which was moored at the popular celebrity holiday destination of St. Barts. 

"One afternoon, Portia [de Rossi] and I went over to visit Harry Styles. We went to go see Harry and I did his hair, and he didn't mind that at all."

"And we also saw Kendall Jenner there. Which proves my theory that no matter where you go, you're never more than 500 feet from a Kardashian."

While Ellen did not give the game away, at least we have even more confirmation that the pair have been vacationing together. 

St. Barts is a popular hangout for the VIP's of the world and it turns out that you could spy a number of celebrities there around the festive season. 

"Around the holidays, there's a lot of celebrities vacationing there – Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber – I think I saw Free Willy."

"Being on a yacht is great. It's like a beautiful five-star hotel that could sink at any moment."

We wish our holidays were half as glamourous. 


The latest (and last) premiere of The Hunger Games was described as bitter sweet by many of The Hunger Games cast. But that didn’t stop them from having some fun on the red carpet.

People reports that last Thursday night, Jennifer Lawrence and her fellow castmates from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 walked the red carpet in London for the premiere of the final instalment in the film series. Sob!

It was more than likely their last time walking the carpet together, and Sam Claflin snapped an epic group selfie to remember the experience.

The photo was taken at Leicester Square's Odeon cinema is an excellent tribute to Ellen DeGeneres's Oscar selfie (which Jennifer was also a part of).


This isn't goodbye, it's a see you soon. #friendsforlife #mockingjaypart2 #londonpremiere

A photo posted by Sam Claflin (@mrsamclaflin) on

The snap included Sam, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Julianne Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Woody Harrelson, and Stanley Tucci, just to name a few. 

But the best part of the photo? The caption. “This isn't goodbye, it's a see you soon," Sam wrote on Instagram.



It’s been revealed that Jodie Foster has finally married her long term partner, Alexandra Hedison.

Jodie has been dating the photographer for a year. Alexandra had also previously dated chat show host, Ellen DeGenres.

Jodie came out about her sexuality at last year’s Golden Globes, where she thanked her ex-partner Cydney Bernard for her support.

Both Cydney and Jodie are co-parents to her two sons, Charles and Kit.



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