"I want to make sure that everyone knows that what makes you different right now makes you stand out later in life," DeGeneres told teens during her acceptance speech for choice comedian

By Lanford Beard
August 16, 2015 08:50 PM
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While accepting the choice comedian award at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, Ellen DeGeneres delivered an empowering speech to teens in the audience, which she wrapped up with a sweet dedication to wife Portia de Rossi on their seventh anniversary.

“It feels good to be chosen, but there was a time in my life where I was not chosen – I was the opposite of chosen because I was different,” said DeGeneres, 57, about her struggle to come out in the public eye.

“And I think I want to make sure that everyone knows that what makes you different right now makes you stand out later in life,” she continued, “so you should be proud of being different. You should be proud of who you are.”

The talk show host added, “The most important thing I want to say is, just really embrace who you are because being unique is very, very important, and fitting in is not really all that matters. It’s being unique and being who you are.”

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She finished her speech by sharing a lovely dedication – and a knowing look – with de Rossi, 42: “And what an amazing day this is. This is my seven-year wedding anniversary, so happy anniversary. It’s yours, too.”

The couple had danced together right as the show started when 5 Seconds of Summer performed, and de Rossi affectionately put her hand on her heart during DeGeneres’ speech.