Skip to main content

Ellen calls Minnesota mom and son to the stage to tell their inspiring story

The mother and son from Big Lake were part of the show that aired Monday.

A mother and son from Big Lake, Minnesota, got the surprise of a lifetime when Ellen DeGeneres called them to the stage from their seats in the audience at Warner Bros. Studios for a taping of The Ellen Show

Michelle Messer, a single mother, didn't see it coming. Her son, Bryden Giving, might've had an inkling considering he wrote to the show about his mother and their journey of acceptance after he informed her that he's gay. 

Sitting in the audience, Messer was overcome with emotion as Ellen read Bryden's letter: 

"I want to tell you about my incredible mom, Michelle. We went through a tough time when I came out to her as gay in high school. We live in a small town and she didn't know if people would accept my lifestyle," read Ellen. 

"Luckily, my mom adores you and your show and because of you she was able to accept me for who I am and we are now closer than ever. My mother would freak out if she could meet you. She has done so much for me. I would love to make her dream come true." 

Messer explained that she was fearful of how society would react to Bryden being gay, later adding that "regardless of this man's personality, he's going to go a long way." 

"We are everywhere," said Ellen, offering words of encouragement. "It's just that a lot of people don't come out." 

Follow Bring Me The News on Google News for the latest stories

Another inspiring part of their story is the way Messer's father reacted when she told her dad. 

"He just got up from the table and came over and gave me a hug," said Messer. "He's not a hugging-type of person. He just said, 'Michelle, I don't care if Bryden is gay. I love Bryden and I love Ellen, I watch Ellen everyday and she's gay. I don't care.'" 

Ellen then surprised Messer and Giving with $10,000 from Shutterfly so Messer could go on a vacation for the first time in a long time. 

The episode aired Monday. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Protest for Tyre Nichols to be held outside MN Governor’s Mansion

Activists groups say they’ll call on Gov. Tim Walz and the Legislature to implement police reforms.

Pool

Minnesota pool contractor banned from industry, must pay $2 million-plus

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed suit against Charles Workman and his company, MN Crete Pools, LLC, in August.

Minneapolis police

St. Paul man identified as victim of north Minneapolis homicide

The shooting occurred on the 2200 block of Emerson Avenue North on Wednesday.

ambulance

Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington

Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.

Rosedale Center

Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot

Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 3.59.30 PM

Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

abortion, planned parenthood

Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Related

Ellen invites Minnesota's rising music star to her show

She performed her hit single "Juice" on national TV for the first time.

Screen Shot 2021-02-17 at 7.53.54 AM

'Ellen' pays tribute to MN kindergarten teacher battling cancer

Kelly Klein continues to teach kindergarten via Zoom while at her chemotherapy treatments.

Outrage over Prince song in Capital One commercial

The commercial aired during Monday's broadcast of the Emmys.

Screen Shot 2019-11-09 at 7.39.10 AM

'American Pickers' traveling through MN, spotted in Wadena

The stars of the show are traveling through Minnesota in search of antiques collections.

Chris Hrapsky

KARE 11 reporter to make the step up to the anchor desk

The Wisconsin native will be part of the weekend anchor team.

Documentary series gives military vets a voice, chance to heal

"Operation: Fishing Freedom" helps vets heal from Post Traumatic Stress.