This video is not for the faint of heart! Ellen DeGeneres invited Tony Marrero, a survivor of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, to share his story on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, and it made for an emotional series of events. In this clip from the Sept. 8 episode, WATCH Tony receive a surprise involving Katy Perry that had everyone in the room in tears!
Tony Marrero‘s strength is beyond inspiring, and in this clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen gives Tony a gift in return that makes him break down crying. WATCH:
“What song did you listen to a lot [while you were recovering]?” Ellen asks Tony in the clip. Tony replies that it was Katy Perry‘s “Rise”. “The lyrics to that song are so powerful. Every word to that song is just powerful, so I embrace that,” Tony explains about his song choice. “I play it and play it and play it because it is so beautiful.” He also talks about how he spent time in the hospital after the tragic shooting in June, and the crowd is understandably teary-eyed by this point.
“It is a beautiful song. Have you met Katy yet or no?” Ellen suddenly hints. Tony is taken aback, and says no. Of course, we all know what’s coming next — this is Ellen, after all.
“Do you want to meet Katy?” Ellen asks with the trademark look on her face that she wears when she’s about to make someone’s dream come true. That’s when Katy Perry walks out onto the stage!
Tony immediately starts crying as the popstar embraces him, and they have a heartfelt conversation about how Katy inspired him. Katy does plenty of crying herself, and reveals that she wants to help Tony reach his goal of becoming a professional artist by paying for his first year of film school. The camera then pans around to the audience, and there isn’t a dry eye in the house.
HollywoodLifers, did this meeting bring a tear to your eye?