It wasn't easy for Ellen DeGeneres to tell the world that she was gay, and she will be the first one to express that.
Just last week, the talk show host celebrated National Coming Out Day with a photo of herself and her wife, Portia de Rossi. As the Inquisitr reported, DeGeneres took to her highly-followed Instagram account to share a sweet photo of herself and Portia holding hands and sharing a kiss. The photo received a ton of attention from her fans, with many applauding her for being so brave for coming out.
But when she first came out with news she was gay, Ellen faced a lot of backlash. This week, the 60-year-old opened up to Ad Week about making the decision to come out 21 years ago. In 1997, DeGeneres had her character on her hit sitcom Ellen come out just before she appeared on the cover of Time, announcing that she too was gay. And at first, she received a ton of flak for it.
"When I came out, I had death threats and there was a bomb threat, but they misjudged the time of the taping. We had already finished, and thank God."