Over the past few decades, numerous television shows have been created in America but not a lot of them have been able to appeal to an international audience. Among the few that have managed to do so is the self-titled show hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
Since 2003, Ellen has hosted her syndicated television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a platform through which she has not just been able to entertain people but also touch the lives of many by engaging in numerous charitable activities and championing various causes. Some of the causes she holds close to her heart includes those affecting members of the LGBTQ community which she is a part of having come out as a lesbian in 1997.
Prior to her time on the show, Ellen had worked as a stand-up comedian and an actress since the 1980s and has since gone ahead to add producer and published author to her list of titles. Another venture she has embarked on includes serving as one of the judges on the 9th season of American Idol.
For everything she has been able to do in the entertainment industry and elsewhere, Ellen DeGeneres has been a recipient of many awards and recognitions. They include 30 Emmy Awards, a record 20 People’s Choice Awards, and a Golden Globe Award (the Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award) among many others. She has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Secret to Ellen DeGeneres’ Ageless Glow
Judging by her looks, a lot of people may not believe that Ellen is above sixty years of age as she has practically maintained the same stature and body for as long as we can remember. This explains why the internet went wild when she announced that she had turned 60 on the 26th of January, 2018. A number of factors have contributed to making her look this young and this includes her choice of food.
Speaking to Shape magazine, Ellen DeGeneres revealed how important food used to be to her and how much she enjoyed eating steak, hamburgers, and all other foods that had meat. However, her quest to educate herself on animal cruelty led her to read books such as Diet for a New America and watch documentaries like Earthlings and Meet Your Meat, both of which focus on animal rights. This opened her eyes to how ‘irresponsible’ she was eating meat as she understood that the meat she loved to eat so much came from animals, which are not only living things but also had feelings.
With this new knowledge, Ellen just couldn’t shake off the reality of how badly these animals were being treated and in 2008, she decided to become a vegetarian. As much as the vegan diet appeared to be a sacrifice, it was to her own benefit, she said, as she became healthier than she had ever been. In addition to improving one’s health, studies have also shown that eating a plant-based diet can greatly improve the skin.
Ellen was not alone in her diet change as her partner Portia also joined her. During an interview with Parade, Portia revealed that they ate a lot of red beans and rice, which happened to be Ellen’s favorite meal. Speaking on the Rachael Ray show, the couple also said that they loved to eat pizza without cheese, thanks to their personal chef Roberto Martin who crafts up different vegetarian dishes for them and makes their favorite foods to suit their vegan lifestyle.
Some of the other vegan foods that Ellen DeGeneres loves to enjoy include tofu dishes, fresh garden burgers, a remastered avocado Reuben sandwich created by her chef, and banana oatmeal pancakes among other things. Later on in life, however, Ellen and her partner had to integrate one animal product back into their diet following the advice of some health professionals but 90% of what they eat still comes from plants.
The comedian and television host continued her vegan diet for so many years, however, she later confirmed in December 2018 during an appearance on Netflix’s stand up special, Relatable, that she no longer strictly followed a vegan diet as she now eats fish and eggs. That notwithstanding, she is still very mindful of what she eats – no sugar, no processed foods, which means she does not eat cake, candy, cookies, and the likes. This is a major contributing factor to Ellen’s ageless look as research has proven that consuming sugar is so bad that it can make one look older.
In addition to her diet, the multi-talented lady also does a lot of yoga, hatha yoga especially, which she uses to start her day. Stress is one of the major causes of early aging and yoga has stress-reducing powers. Additionally, engaging in yoga regularly helps to build lean muscle mass and can stop weight gain and this makes it possible for Ellen to keep looking young even with her busy schedule.
What We Know About Her Relationship History
As earlier stated, Ellen DeGeneres publicly came out as a lesbian in 1997. A while after doing so, it was announced that she was romantically involved with actress, director, and screenwriter Anne Heche. Their relationship went on to last until August 2000, the same year that she met actress Portia de Rossi at a party.
Speaking in an interview with The Advocate, Portia explained that she fell in love with Ellen at first sight and felt such strong energy between them that she had never felt with anyone before. However, they were both dating other people at this time so nothing could have been done about how she felt.
Ellen had at the time moved on from Heche to date actress, director, and photographer Alexandra Hedison. They were together for four years before deciding to part ways. Ellen and Portia later met again on the 1st of December 2004 at a photo shoot. That same day, their paths crossed backstage at the VH1’s Big in ’04 Awards which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The duo got talking and they immediately began seeing each other afterward.
In January 2005, the couple attended the HBO Golden Globe Awards Party at the Beverly Hills Hilton as a couple. By the time the year was running out, they moved in together in a two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles and also purchased a 120-acre ranch since Portia was a horseback-riding enthusiast. The couple later tied the knot officially on the 16th of August 2008 at their Beverly Hills, California, home following the overturn of the ban on same-sex marriage by the California Supreme Court. Ellen’s partner subsequently had her name changed legally to Portia Lee James DeGeneres on September 23, 2010.