Anne Heche opened up about her past relationship with Ellen Degeneres on Dancing With The Stars!
Heche spoke candidly with her dance partner Keo Mostepe about her relationship Ellen and admitted that it “changed [her] life forever.”
“My story is a story that created change in the world, moved the needle for equal rights forward,” she said of their relationship. “In 1997, I met Ellen DeGeneres at the Vanity Fair party and that was the night that changed my life forever,” Heche said in a sneak peek.
“My movie premiere for Volcano, I had told them that I was taking Ellen as my date and I was told if I took Ellen I would lose my Fox contract. At that moment, she took my hand and said, ‘Do what they say,’ and I said, ‘No thanks.’ I took Ellen to the premiere and I was ushered out by security before the movie even ended and was told I was not allowed to go to my own after party for fear they would get pictures of me with a woman. … She was warning me, ‘This is going to happen.’”
“I was in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres for three-and-a-half years and the stigma attached to that relationship was so bad that I was fired from my multimillion-dollar picture deal and I did not work in a studio picture for 10 years,” Heche added.
Heche added that she still considers her past relationship with DeGeneres a “beautiful part” of her life. “I was a part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her,” she said. “I’m proud to have been part of a revolution that helped move equality forward, but there is still work to do.”