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14/09/2015 11:16 BST | Updated 14/09/2015 11:59 BST

Ellen Page Makes Public Debut With Girlfriend Samantha Thomas, Telling Reporters It's Because 'I'm In Love'

Ellen Page talked the biggest talk of her life in 2014, and now she's walked the walk, making her public debut with her girlfriend Samantha Thomas.

The pair made their first appearance as a couple on the red carpet of the Toronto Film Festival, where Ellen's film 'Freeheld' was enjoying its premiere.

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When asked why this was the moment to reveal her relationship, the 'Juno' star answered in the best possible way, telling reporters, "I'm in love."

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Ellen Page with girlfriend Samantha Thomas in Toronto on Sunday

She added to E! News, "Walking down the carpet holding my girlfriend's hand is pretty special. It's pretty awesome."

Why is this such a glorious thing to behold? Because 18 months ago, Ellen took her courage into her hands and came out in a speech that has been heralded as a piece of profound inspiration for gay people everywhere.

The 'Juno', 'Inception' and 'X-Men' star used her speech at the 2014 THRIVE Conference for LGBT youth in Las Vegas to express her determination not to hide or lie anymore, and that her coming out would prove a comfort for other young people.

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Ellen Page stars in 'Freeheld' as one half of a gay couple who must fight for their rights

She said: "I’m here today because I am gay… I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered.

"And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."

Ellen broke through with her role of pregnant teenager in 'Juno' and sealed her success with her lead part in Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' and then 'X-Men'. Samantha, also Canadian, is an artist and surfer. The pair are believed to have been dating for several months.

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