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What Katy Perry Does for this Pulse Survivor on Ellen's Show Will Break Your Heart

What Katy Perry Does for this Pulse Survivor on Ellen's Show Will Break Your Heart

Pulse survivor Tony Marrero shares his story with Ellen and the audience while Ellen surprises him with a visit from his idol Katy Perry. 

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Ellen DeGeneres is kicking off the first week of her 14th season with a lot of style and grace. Today she welcomed Tony Marrero, a survivor of the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando this past June. He shares with Ellen and the audience his story of survival and loss as he relays details of the night of the attack – that he was shot four times in the back and that his best friend Luis, who worked with him at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, did not survive. Tony tells his story in the video below. 

Something that helped get Tony through his recovery from his injuries (both physical and spiritual) was Katy Perry’s song “Rise,” which she wrote for the Olympics. Tony explains to Ellen that the lyrics helped him get through that time, and jokes that he’s played it so much that his boyfriend is tired of hearing it. That’s when Ellen announces that Katy is there to meet him, and the look on his face when he realizes he’s about to meet his idol, will break your heart entirely. It’s safe to say there’s not a dry eye in the house as Tony and Katy embrace at length. And as moving as all of that is, you won’t believe what Katy offers to do for him. It’s all really touching and beautiful. 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

<p>Cinephile, cyclist, proud cat lady and unabashed Pretty Little Liars guru.</p>

<p>Cinephile, cyclist, proud cat lady and unabashed Pretty Little Liars guru.</p>