Anne Heche Opened Up About Her Relationship With Ellen DeGeneres
"I was a part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her."
Anne Heche is getting real about her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres back in the '90s.
"Our time was a beautiful part of my life and one that I wear with honor," Heche said in her cover interview with Mr. Warburton. "I was a part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her."
In the story, she recalled her Volcano premiere, where she said she was escorted out for bringing DeGeneres as her date: "I was told by Fox Studio executives that if I brought Ellen to the premiere, my contract would be terminated. I brought Ellen despite those threats, and we were escorted out of the theater before the lights came on by security and not allowed to attend the premiere party because they did not want any photos of us together."
She went on to say, "The difference between what would happen today and what happened then is that I would not have been ushered out of my own premiere and fired from a multi-million dollar picture deal with Fox for taking a girl as my date."
The actress said she was "proud to have been part of a revolution that helped move equality forward," but recognized "there is still work to do."
In the interview, Heche also addressed the allegations of workplace misconduct at DeGeneres's show, telling the magazine, "I haven’t spoken to Ellen in years. I’d listen to the people who have."
"If I’m standing someplace and I don’t like what’s going on there and I stay there, it’s my fault. So what are the actions that got me there and why can’t I get out of it easily if that’s not something that I want to be engaged in?" she said. "Ellen is standing where she walks, and that is hers to continue that journey."
This isn't the first time Heche and DeGeneres have opened up about their relationship. A year after their breakup in 2000, DeGeneres spoke to the LA Times. "She walked out the door and I haven’t spoken to her since, I don’t have the answers," she said. "I would love to have them myself. I would ask all of the questions that everyone else wants to ask ... I’m left with everybody else wondering what happened. I don’t know."