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GO FISH

CARRIE LYELL FINDS OUT HOW A FISH SAVED THE CAREER OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS LESBIAN
PHOTOS LIONEL HAHN (ABACA USA/PRESS ASSOCIATION IMAGES), JAMES GILLHAM/STING MEDIA.CO.UK AND BEN PRUCHNIE

ELLEN BYNUMBERS

AGE 58

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PISODES OF TALK SHOW 2,054

TWITTER FOLLOWERS 60.9M

ESTIMATED EARNINGS $75M

I’m on my way to a fancy hotel in central London and I’m panicking. My heart is racing, my fingertips are sweaty and I feel kind of dizzy. Did I pick the right outfit? Is my hair ok? I’m not normally this anxious about meeting celebrities, but then, it’s not every day you get to meet the most famous lesbian in the world. This might just be the biggest moment of my career.

Ellen DeGeneres in the flesh is everything you’d expect her to be. The 58-year-old doesn’t walk so much as glide into a room, and I feel utterly mesmerised as she sits down inches from me in the Rosewood Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. When her eyes meet mine, they twinkle in a way I could swear is CGI’d, and it’s only after we’ve finished talking that I realise I was so transfixed by her presence that I have no idea what she said. Thank goodness for dictaphones.

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Our September issue cover star is chat show host Ellen DeGeneres Also in this issue Jack Monroe: My crowdfunding success story PLUS a tasty new recipe Phyll Opoku-Gyimah: Why we must support #BlackLivesMatter Vicky Beeching: How to survive the toughest of times Heather Peace shares her tips on preparing for parenthood Eleanor Margolis on why there’s nothing more lesbian than a boy crush Jay Bernard on the inspirational Sisters Uncut Why are 73% of lesbian and bi women still not fully out at work? Gemma Whelan: the Game of Thrones star on why she loves kissing women Hope Powell: Changing the game for women’s football Mrs & Mrs Spraggan: Lucy and Georgina share their wedding day with us Sophie Ward interviews Liz Carr on her new musical Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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