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Ellen Degeneres Comes Clean About Hitting 'Rock Bottom'

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Nov. 1 2016, Updated 9:10 p.m. ET

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In a raw new interview with Out magazine, Ellen Degeneres has opened up about her past struggles, and how she hopes they will help to inspire others.

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“Before her talk show, I had a lot of insecurity,” Ellen admitted.

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"I was at rock bottom and out of money, with no work in sight," she shared.

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“I wasn’t sure if I was going to work again, and although I was out, I was still trying to alter myself — not dressing the way I wanted to dress or wearing my hair the way I wanted to."

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Despite her insecurity, Ellen found the courage to be herself, and began to thrive.

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"I slowly gained the confidence to be authentic, and what I’ve learned about other people is that they strive to be authentic, too," she said.

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“Time is a strange thing," Ellen observed. "One step at a time, it gets better. It gets much better than better.”

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