Added O'Donnell, who recently revealed her split from partner Kelli Carpenter, "She's 62. She's the same age as Kelli's mother. When you think of that, that somebody at Kelli's mother's age came out... you know, that's big."
"Good for her, man. Live your truth," O'Donnell went on. "Go in peace. It's not that hard. Fight the fear. Life in fear everyone's gonna find out you're gay... Have faith. Tell people it's going to be all right. The truth is the only way through."
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