The two began dating in 2004, and four years later, in a private ceremony at their home, they married. We had some huge pop in the wall at in the morning, and then it sounded like our whole house was going to explode. Ellen: Oh yeah, because it stripped everything away. You know, if you're going to be honest with yourself, you have to admit that you go into show business wanting people to talk about you and wanting everyone to know who you are.
Ellen De Generes tells Oprah about her balanced life, her loving wife, and how she intends to take her new job as an American Idol judge very seriously.
Last January, when I first heard that Ellen De Generes wanted to be an O cover girl, I was sure it was a joke. " campaign, and, in between unsuccessful attempts to reach me at the Harpo studios, she unveiled a series of mock O covers, including one on which she and I are riding a tandem bicycle through the countryside.
Don't leave." And the bird just looked at me and flew out the window. Ellen: So I was like, "Okay, I know what that means." Until then I'd had no idea I was in a cage.
I was in this beautiful setting, and I was making money and had everyone taking care of me.
She started with an announcement to the four million viewers of The Ellen De Generes Show: "Goodbye to the resolution to read," she quipped, "and hello to the resolution to be on the front cover of O in '09! The campaign was so funny, I actually hesitated to make the call that finally ended it.
But last May, during Ellen's 1,000th show, I surprised her by Skyping into the broadcast and inviting her to share this month's cover with me.Oprah: So once that veil lifted, did everything change?Ellen: Well, there were lots of different veils and lots of different layers—but just to say the words was so huge for me.Of course, as far as covers go, this one is nothing compared with the one she did in April 1997, when she appeared on the front of Time magazine next to the headline "Yep, I'm Gay." In those days, Ellen—a Louisiana native who broke into stand-up comedy in the early '80s by performing at small clubs in New Orleans—was the star of her own sitcom, ABC's Ellen.As the show gained popularity and critical acclaim, Ellen, now 51, chose to reveal the secret she'd been carrying for years.Ellen: Well I felt better about myself, and I felt healthier living in a cruelty-free way.