Praising her gay fans and saying she wouldn't have a career without them, Madonna said she has had ongoing discussions with her teenage daughter, Lourdes, about the subject and that she felt compelled to speak out.
Wearing a black shirt and black pants, Madonna spoke to Ellen via remote hookup from New York and said it was an understatement to say she felt different and alienated as a teenager. "I never felt like I fit in at school," she said. "I wasn't a jock, I wasn't an intellectual. There was never a group I felt like I fit in with. I was a weirdo." She credited a gay dance teacher for encouraging her to feel good about herself and helping her to find a place in life.