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Ellen DeGeneres on the March 2009 cover of Ladies’ Home Journal

New York, NY – Ladies’ Home Journal sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on the night after Barack Obama was sworn in as President and Proposition 8 passed in California, overturning the legality of gay marriage and calling into question DeGeneres’ own marriage to actress Portia de Rossi. DeGeneres opened up about her marriage, her farm future, her CoverGirl life and more in the March issue, on newsstands February 10. Excerpts from the cover feature follow:

When did she feel most beautiful? “The day I got married.” Ellen’s eyes got red and watery and she runs off. When she returns, she says: “You’re worse than Barbara Walters!...It’s just very emotional. You find the person you love, you think you’ve come this far…and anyway, I never thought I’d have a wedding, and I did, and it meant more than I imagined.”

About their biggest domestic squabble: Says de Rossi, “I do leave half-finished beverages everywhere. I usually have three cups of tea going at once. I’m Australian. That’s just what we do. And anyway, I was going to thank her in our vows, for picking up all the glasses – and say that she’d have to do that for the rest of her life. She took that on. But she’s very good about it.”

About her off-camera future: “I don’t need to be on camera. I’m not a workaholic. I love to spend time with my wife, my family, my animals…We’re looking for the right place to have a farm. Someplace like Massachusetts or Nantucket, with seasons. We could get an 1800s farmhouse with land and rescue animals. Then I’m done.”

Her thoughts on beauty: “To me it’s sad to be defined by beauty, because it’s something that goes away and changes. If you’re trying to chase that forever, you’re in trouble.” At the same time, DeGeneres adds, “as I’ve aged and matured, I just feel better about myself, more confident and more comfortable in my own skin. As that’s happened, I think I look better than I’ve ever looked, because that’s just what happens when you feel better about yourself.”

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