Martha Stewart says she’s been struck by lightning three times

Of all Ellen DeGeneres’ silly games on her talk show, I do actually like the ones where she gets her guests to ‘confess’ things about themselves. It’s one of the rare times the guest gets to control their information on Ellen. She’s not badgering them to divulge more than they want to, but they also offer up fun facts about themselves. Such was the case when Martha Stewart appeared on Ellen yesterday and played, “What’s the Lie, Martha?” Martha told Ellen about her brushes with lightning. That’s right – plural. Because Martha has not been struck once by lightning, but three times. Once it came in through her sink, another time through her skylight and a third time while she was on the phone. Martha said it can’t be helped because, “I just attract electricity.”

While playing a game of “What’s The Lie, Martha?” on Thursday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Stewart, 80, revealed that she’s been struck by lightning three times — and she joked that it might actually be “good for you — if it doesn’t kill you.”

“Once it came out of my water faucet,” she explained. “I was leaning against an iron sink and I saw the lightning go down the pipe out in my garden, and then it came back up through the water and hit me right in my stomach, threw me on the floor, and my husband found me. And I was alive, but not very comfortable.”

“Another time, a lightning bolt came right through a skylight in my house,” she added.

After experiencing both of those incidents, Stewart joked that she “just attracts electricity” because she’s “so powerful.” Although she didn’t elaborate on “Ellen” about what happened the third time, she did tell Snoop Dogg in 2016 that she was once struck by lightning while talking on the phone.

[From Yahoo!]

Of course, Martha Stewart would get struck three times. I mean, God forbid she just have the one story. Almost a quarter of a million people get struck per year, that would make her so common. However, if I was going to put money on anyone taking on Mother Nature thrice, it would be Martha. Her first strike intrigues me because I could see myself in that scenario: watching the lightning in fascination and not seeing it coming for me through the sink. As the article said, Martha only discussed the two strikes on Ellen. The phone incident she told Snoop Dogg on their Potluck Dinner Party show. Funnily, she only told the phone and the sink strikes to Snoop. Maybe she’s not allowed to tell all three stories at once. She ‘jokingly’ suggested being struck might be good for you and that she attracts lightning. Has Martha been slowly divulging her origin story this whole time?!

I’ve never been stuck by lightning, but I have known a few who have. It was always through something, like Martha, which is why they survived, of course. Direct hits are killers. (According to, only 10% of lightning strikes are direct hits, though.) My friends said the same as Martha, it’s not a comfortable experience. For them, the bragging rights made up for the discomfort, though. Because unlike Martha who has to be asked about her lightning experiences, they talk about it all the time.

Photo credit: Instar Images and Avalon.Red

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

20 Responses to “Martha Stewart says she’s been struck by lightning three times”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Mina_Esq says:

    How is Martha 80?! She looks amazing. Did those lightning strikes give her a boost of collagen or something geeez.

  2. Juls says:

    I want that sparkly hoodie! I’ve never been struck by lightning but I’ve had it strike very, very close to me several times. Once it was so close, I had that taste in my mouth, like when you lick a 9 volt battery, for about an hour after.

  3. ElllenOlenska says:

    The coat is gorgeous…and I love the second shot w the white shirt with the folds…

  4. JanetDR says:

    I’m looking at her heels and wondering if a little lightning strike might help my arthritis. 😂I haven’t been able to wear heels for years! She looks terrific.

  5. Scarlett says:

    TL;DR I need to get struck by lightning three times to look this good at 80, okay then….She is gorgeous! I know many cannot stand Martha, but something about her, I think she is a blast, no no no, no pun intended.

  6. alexc says:

    Damn she looks amazing. She’s always had great hair too.

  7. Watson says:

    Martha remains one of the most powerful women with the most insane life experiences ever. This just is one of those extra things that makes me think: only you Martha. Only you.

  8. PunkyMomma says:

    Martha has never shied away from physical work and in shows in those legs! Look at the muscle tone and mass in her legs—she’s incredibly fit and it shows.

  9. Agreatreckoning says:

    This is so true. So many experiences. I still remember when she left prison wearing the poncho/shawl she knitted while in. There was a huge demand for the knitting pattern and the poncho/shawl made headlines for weeks. Martha probably is a lot of fun.

  10. bella says:

    Co-worker was struck once, but her daughter has been struck three times.

    • Truthiness says:

      I was talking on a landline when I saw lightening strike the nearby telephone pole, way, way back when. The shock traveled to me but it was not very severe, I was grounded. It was an “oh shit that was kind of amazing” moment but seeing the lightening bolt that close, you really don’t want another try at it.

  11. Yup Me says:

    I love lightning but I’m glad that my father and I manifest our “I may be an alien being” vibe by causing watches and random tech to stop working around us rather than by repeatedly getting struck by lightning.

  12. april says:

    She looks amazing and her outfits look very nice on her. If I was struck 3X by lightning I would buy lots of lotto tickets.

  13. AnneL says:

    Never been struck by lightning, but I have seen it hit very close to me several times. We get a lot of it in Houston. Once I was on the phone with my mother during a storm, looking out at the back yard, and a bolt hit the middle of our pool about ten feet away It was so weird….it just kind of touched it and disappeared beneath the water. We were always taught to get out of the pool if a storm was coming because water attracts lightning, but I’d never seen it happen before!

    Martha looks amazing.