Although Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres are now widely recognized as one of Hollywood’s first lesbian power couples, their initial appearance did not go down well. Actress Anne Heche, who is in “serious condition” after a catastrophic car wreck last week, recently spoke publicly about her contentious relationship from 2020.
The now-53-year-old “Six Days, Seven Nights” star revealed in Season 29 of “Dancing With the Stars” that she met the now-64-year-old comedian at a Vanity Fair party in 1997 and that it changed her life “forever.”However, when it came time for the couple to make their red carpet debut at Heche’s film premiere for “Volcano” in 1997, she was allegedly advised that her employment would be at risk if she went public with the affair. This occurred at a time when the couple was preparing to make their red carpet debut.
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“I had told them that I was taking Ellen as my date and I was told that if I accepted Ellen, I would lose my Fox contract,” the actress claimed. “She grabbed my hand and said, ‘Do what they say,’ and I politely declined,” he recalled.
— Anne Heche (@AnneHeche) March 22, 2021
Heche stated that she took DeGeneres to the event despite the wishes of her movie companies; however, the two were “ushered out by security before the movie even concluded.” The actress claims that she was informed that she was not permitted to attend her “own after-party” because there was a possibility that photographs would be taken of her with a female companion.
The experience, however, did not discourage the women from continuing their dating relationship, and the couple was together for a total of three and a half years. Despite the closeness of their relationship, the actress from “Vanished” and the star of “Finding Dory” did not always get along swimmingly.
In April of 2021, Heche made a cryptic reference to DeGeneres trying to exert fashion control over her during their time together. Heche posted a picture of herself and DeGeneres at the 1998 Golden Globes on TikTok while looking back on her red carpet outfits for a video.
“Why do I have this hippie vibe?” She explained her outfit by saying, “Ellen didn’t want me to dress sexy.”The impact of Heche and DeGeneres’ friendship on more than just her appearance is clear.”I didn’t do a studio picture for 10 years,” the “Save Me” star told Page Six in October 2021. I lost a $10 million film deal and never appeared in studio production.
She said, “Those repercussions that transpired, are to me what has produced a part of the transformation,” but Heche had no regrets about dating DeGeneres. This is something of which I am a part. That’s quite the honorable badge you’ve got there.
In August of 2000, Heche and DeGeneres finally ended their relationship forever. They issued a joint statement at the time to People that said, “It is an amicable separation and we really respect the three and a half years that we have spent together.”After a year had passed, Ellen DeGeneres revealed to the Los Angeles Times that she was taken aback by the breakup.
The former host of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” asserted, “She went out the door, and I haven’t spoken to her since, so I don’t have the answers.” Heche went on to marry Coleman Laffoon from 2001 to 2009, and the couple has a kid together named Homer who is now 20 years old. In addition, she has a son named Atlas who is 13 years old with her ex-boyfriend and co-star from “Men in Trees,” James Tupper, whom she dated until 2018. While everything is going on, DeGeneres has been married to the actress Portia de Rossi since the year 2008.