Ellen DeGeneres praises Elliot Page's 'strength and courage' in sweet message after he came out as transgender

Ellen DeGeneres has praised Elliot Page's "strength and courage" after he came out as transgender.

The talk show host, 62, called the Juno star "inspiring" in a sweet message.

Elliot, 33, announced the big news and confirmed his new pronouns in a proud statement to fans on Tuesday.

The Oscar-nominated actor said he feels "lucky" to finally be able to express his "authentic self" on his "remarkable" journey.

And just hours after Elliot shared his powerful letter, Ellen joined the hordes of people praising the Umbrella Academy star.

She tweeted: "Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty."

Ellen officially came out as gay in 1997 on the cover of Time magazine. She married Arrested Development actress, Portia de Rossi, in 2008.

The presenter joined a slew of stars – including prominent LGBTQ figures in the showbiz industry – in showing their support for Elliot.

Miley Cyrus, Anna Kendrick, Ruby Rose, Lena Dunham, Anna Paquin and many more all congratulated the actor on social media.

Elliot – who married dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, 26, in 2018 – came out in a lengthy, emotional message on Tuesday.

"I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life," he penned.

The actor said he feels "overwhelming gratitude" for the friends who have supported him, and for finally being able to express his "authentic self."

He then thanked the trans community for their "courage, generosity, and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place".

The Umbrella Academy star asked fans for "patience" as he still feels "fragile."

"I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture," he explained.

The actor said "the statistics are staggering," and "the discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences".

Elliot came out as gay in 2014 while giving a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas.

His wife Emma said she was "so proud" of the star in a sweet message after his announcement.

"Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself," she penned.

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