Ellen DeGeneres Opens Up About The Death Of Her Late Girlfriend

Ellen and her wife Portia De Rossi

Ellen and her wife Portia De Rossi

"Why is this handsome, 21-year-old girl gone?"

Despite the horror of the tragedy, her girlfriend's death subsequently led to her career in stand-up comedy. The host said that at 20, she had to move because she couldn't afford the apartment the two were living in by herself.

"My girlfriend was killed in a vehicle accident when I was like 20-years-old", DeGeneres revealed.

"When she was killed, I couldn't afford to live where we were living together".

"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", DeGeneres said of her "Phone Call to God" sketch.

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"I was sleeping on a mattress on a floor and it was infested with fleas".

Following her stand up routine on the late night show, Carson invited her to sit down on his couch, making her the first female comic in the history of the show to do so.

In 2015, she spoke about her "guilt" on an episode of Oprah Winfrey's OWN series Oprah's Master Class.

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DeGeneres said that they went out to support her older brother's music gig but they went home separately with DeGeneres driving back with her friends and passing an accident in which a vehicle was "split in two". I was really depressed.

Among the many subjects the two covered was a discussion of one of DeGeneres' former girlfriends, who died in a auto accident when the two young women were living together.

She added that she felt "a lot of guilt".

"During the time, because there was so much talk about it, everyone was just sick of it", she told pal Dax Shepard in a new episode of his Armchair Expert podcast. "It shifted my entire focus", she said.

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