Ellen DeGeneres opened up on Oprah’s “Master Class” about her fears of coming out as a lesbian when she rose to fame. As you may know, DeGeneres came out in 1997 alongside her character on her sitcom “Ellen”. She said that she found the whole experience scary and worried if fans would still like her if they knew she was gay.
She said, “I didn’t think I was going to come out, period. I didn’t think I’d be coming out on a show, ever.”
She revealed that she went on a retreat which helped her to realize that coming out was the right thing to do. She went to the Esalen Institute in California and she took a course on changing the inner dialogue of the subconscious mind.
She said, “It was scary and crazy and 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.’ I just didn’t want to pretend to be somebody else anymore so that people would like me.”
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