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It's been 20 years since Ellen DeGeneres made the decision to come out as gay, and while she was lauded in some circles for her courage at the time, the fall-out from the announcement sent the much-loved TV presenter into a severe depression.

Speaking to Good Housekeeping, Ellen, who used her then sitcom as a platform for her announcement, revealed that the months that followed her admission were some of the toughest of her life.

"I moved out of L.A., went into a severe depression, started seeing a therapist and had to go on antidepressants for the first time in my life," the 59-year-old explained.

"The bullying I endured in Hollywood after I came out made up for the lack of it during my childhood," she added.

In the year that followed Ellen's announcement in April 1997, her show was cancelled which understandably wreaked havoc on both her personal and professional life.

"It was scary and lonely. All I’d known for 30 years was work, and all of a sudden I had nothing,” she admits.

And it wasn't just fear that Ellen experienced during this time, but a deep sense of injustice at the reaction her announcement garnered from the public.

"I was mad. It didn’t feel fair – I was the same person everyone had always known," she argued.

Thankfully, the Louisiana native made a valiant attempt to turn her life around, and explains that she sought solace in meditation, exercise and writing, saying: "Eventually I started meditating, working out and writing again, and I slowly started to climb out of it."

The woman described by Ellen in the interview is a far cry from the confident, upbeat and insanely popular presenter she is today.

Happily married and the face of one of the best-loved chat shows in the States, Ellen insists: "I can’t believe I came back from that point. I can’t believe where my life is now.”


We'll be honest – one of the first few things that springs to mind when we think of Lauren Conrad is pastels, pearls and pretty things.

And as far as her Instagram goes, we're not too far off point, but it sounds like she's reined in this side of herself at home if a recent interview with Good Housekeeping is anything to go by.

The former Hills star turned fashion designer explained that when moving in with her husband William Tell, she was encouraged to compromised her girlie side a little bit.

"When we got our first place together, I definitely had to learn to compromise," she admitted.

“I think he’s toned down my girly a little bit, which is good because I’m an adult and everything can’t be pink," she said.

And while she may have been encouraged to curtail her uber-girlie side, it doesn't sound like the 30-year-old minds too much considering the traditions she has gotten in return.

"One of my favourite new traditions, which is from my husband William’s family, is going over on Christmas morning in our pajamas," she told the magazine.

"It’s really sweet – his mom drops off a set for me so we’ll all match.” Lauren added.

Well, that sounds… ahem… cute.