Ellen DeGeneres Reveals That A Girlfriend's Tragic Death Inadvertently Started Her Career

Reflecting on her past Ellen De Generes discussed her life before she became famous during an interview with actor Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast

Reflecting on her past Ellen De Generes discussed her life before she became famous during an interview with actor Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast

I was living with her when she was killed, ' DeGeneres said on Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast.

American comedian Ellen DeGeneres has recounted the heartbreaking experience she faced 40 years ago, when her 21-year-old girlfriend was tragically killed in a vehicle accident.

The TV host explained that at the time she wasn't doing comedy.

"I couldn't afford to live where we were living together and so I moved into this tiny little basement apartment", said 10-time Emmy victor. And I used to write all the time, I wrote poetry and songs and stuff, and I thought, 'Why is this handsome 21-year-old girl just gone and fleas are here?' I couldn't afford to live where we were living together and so I moved into this tiny little basement apartment. So, she moved into a "basement apartment" and slept on a mattress "infested with fleas" on the floor.

She explained that the girlfriend was killed in a auto accident, sparking a series of unfortunate events.

It's not the first time DeGeneres has opened up about the impact her girlfriend's death had on her.

"I just thought it would be incredible if we could just pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get an answer". "I'm going to do this on Johnny Carson and I'm going to be the first woman in the history of the show be asked to sit down'".

"I just thought it would be fantastic if we could just pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get an answer..."

Ellen was the first female comedian to be invited to sit on his couch.

In 1997, DeGeneres publicly came out as gay and in 2008, she married actress Portia de Rossi.

"That, of course, made me feel like I should have gone home with her that night", DeGeneres said. It shifted my entire focus'.

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