Ellen DeGeneres recently said that while coming out led to “a whole lot of anger and depression,” she doesn't regret the decision.

In 1997, DeGeneres came out gay on the cover of Time magazine, and so did the character she played on her ABC sitcom Ellen.

“I was a very insecure person and depended on validation from people who watched my show or my stand-up – validation I felt I'd lose if everybody knew who I really was,” DeGeneres told the Daily Mail.

“Afterwards, there were jokes at my expense and I couldn't turn on the TV at night without some comedian or talk show host making fun of me. Not for a minute did I regret what I did, but it was hard.”

The talk show host added that “there was a whole lot of anger and depression,” but she “couldn't be in a better place.”