Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres are now considered one of Hollywood's first lesbian power couples, but at the time, their debut was not met with open arms was.
Heche – Now fighting for his life after last week's violent crash , she opened up about her controversial romance in 2020.
'Six Days Seven Nights' star, now 53 , shares how he met the comedian, now 64, at a Vanity Fair party inon season 29 of 'Dancing with the Stars' Did. In 1997, she said it changed her life "forever."
But when it came time for the couple to make her carpet debut at the premiere of her 1997 Heche film, Volcano, she put her job in jeopardy if she went public with her affair. I was told it would be
"I told them I was dating Ellen. They told me she would lose her contract with Fox if she dated Ellen," the actress claimed. "At that moment she took my hand and said, 'Do what they say,' and I said 'No.'"
Heche said he took DeGeneres to the event against her film studio's wishes, but the two said "the film We were ushered in by security before we finished." The actress was allegedly told she wasn't allowed to go to "her own afterparty for fear of being photographed with a woman." , the affair did not deter the women from continuing to date, and their romance lasted three and a half years.
Heche hinted in April 2021 that DeGeneres tried to control how they dressed when they were together.33} Recently, in a TikTok video reviewing her red carpet looks over the years, Heche posted a photo of her and DeGeneres at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards.
"Why do I look hippie? Because Ellen didn't want me to wear sexy clothes," she said of the ensemble. 38} had a greater impact on than her appearance.
"I haven't photographed in her studio in ten years," the Save Me star claimed to her Page Six in October 2021. A day in studio photography.
However, Heche did not regret that she dated DeGeneres. I am part of it. It's a badge of honor.
Heche and her DeGeneres, August 2000. We said we were completely finished. A joint statement to people of the time said, "This is an amicable farewell and we greatly appreciate her three and a half years together." was written.
DeGeneres told Los Angeles Her Times a year later that the split came as a surprise to her.
"She walked out the door and I haven't spoken to her since. I don't have an answer," claims former 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' host
Heche was married to Coleman Laffoon from 2001 to 2009 and has a 20-year-old son, Homer. She also shares 13-year-old son Atlas with former "Men in Trees" co-star James Tupper, whom she dated until 2018.