The Ellen DeGeneres Show host – who has been married to Portia de Rossi since 2008 – began dating Anne Heche the same year she came out publicly
When did Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche date?
Heche was DeGeneres’ first public partner after the TV star came out as a lesbian in 1997.
DeGeneres and Heche began dating in 1997 and were together until 2000.
In conversation with the Tampa Bay Times In 1998, Heche said, “I met her at a Vanity Fair party. And it was a chemistry thing that you can’t really describe.
“It just happened. Obviously I was attracted to her, but that wasn’t enough. There are a lot of attractive people. She’s so unique.”
While you keep competing Dancing with the stars In October 2020, Heche said before making their red carpet debut at Heche’s film premiere for volcano In 1997, she was warned that going public with the relationship could jeopardize her career.
She said: “I had told them I would take Ellen as a date and I was told if I took Ellen I would lose my Fox contract.
“At this moment [Ellen] took my hand and said, “do as they say,” and I said, “no thanks.”
Against the studios’ wishes, Heche and DeGeneres attended the premiere together — however, they were “used out by security personnel before the film was even finished.” Heche was then told that she wasn’t allowed to go to her own after-party “for fear they might get pictures of me with a woman.”
chat with page six Last year, Heche claimed that her relationship with DeGeneres resulted in her being “blacklisted” by Hollywood.
She said: “I haven’t done a studio photo for ten years.
“I got fired from a $10 million deal and never saw the light of day in a studio picture.”
Heche added that at the time she went public with DeGeneres, she was in talks to star in the big-budget rom-com Six days, seven nights to Harrison Ford ().
She recalled that it seemed like the studio didn’t want her back in the role because of their relationship, but then one morning important news came home from Ford.
She said: “He said, ‘Honestly my love, I don’t care who you sleep with. We have a romantic comedy to do. Let’s make it the best thing that’s ever happened.”
“That’s why Harrison Ford is my hero. Standing behind me at a time like this when the power of what I stood for could have been overthrown.”
When did you break up?
Heche and DeGeneres split in August 2000. At the time, they released a joint statement, which read, “It’s an amicable farewell and we really appreciate the three and a half years we spent together.”
The year after their split, DeGeneres said so Los Angeles Times that the separation came as a surprise to her.
She said: “[Heche] walked out the door and i haven’t spoken to her since i have no answers. I’d like to have her myself. I’d ask all the questions that everyone else wants to ask.
“Everyone else is wondering what happened. I do not know. Really not… I feel betrayed.”
DeGeneres added that it was the “first time I’ve had my heart broken, and it was in a big way.”
Heche later married Coleman Laffoon, a cinematographer she met on the DeGeneres stand-up comedy tour, on September 1, 2001. In March 2002, she and Laffoon welcomed their son Homer into the world.
After five and a half years of marriage, Laffoon filed for divorce in February 2007, which was finalized in March 2009.
Heche Laffoon reportedly left her for James Tupper men in trees co-star, and together they had their son Atlas in March 2009. They then split in 2018.
Following her relationship with Heche, DeGeneres dated photographer Alexandra Hedison from 2000 to 2004.
She has been in a relationship with actress Portia de Rossi since 2004. The two married in 2008 after California’s ban on same-sex marriage was lifted.
What did Ellen DeGeneres say about Anne Heche’s accident?
In footage shared by ET onlineDeGeneres is seen discussing Heche with a photographer.
When asked by the photographer if she had spoken to Hench since the accident, DeGeneres replied, “We’re not in contact with each other, so I wouldn’t know.”
When asked if she would share her well wishes with Heche after the crash, she said, “Sure, I don’t want anyone to get hurt.”
After the photographer asked, “It was a pretty dangerous accident, wasn’t it?” DeGeneres replied, “Sure.”
What happened to Anne Heche?
On Friday, August 5, Heche was involved in a serious car accident that left her in a coma. According to a statement from her family, Heche “is not expected to survive” the accident.
The actress suffered a “severe anoxic brain injury” and is in a coma in critical condition.
The 53-year-old was taken to the hospital after the crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.
The news comes shortly after the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed to the PA news agency that the incident was being investigated as a traffic accident while under the influence (DUI).
An LAPD spokesman said preliminary blood tests revealed the presence of drugs in Heche’s system, but added that additional testing is needed to rule out substances that were administered at the hospital.
Hours later, her family told PA that Heche was on temporary life support.
“We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and to thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses who cared for Anne at Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital,” the statement said.
“Unfortunately, as a result of her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and is in a critically comatose state. She is not expected to survive,” the statement said.
“It has long been her decision to donate her organs and she is being kept alive to determine if any are viable.”
The statement added: “Anne had a big heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit.
“More than her extraordinary talent, she saw her life’s work in spreading kindness and joy — specifically, moving the needle to accepting who you love.
“She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and will be greatly missed for her light.”
Pictures and video footage obtained by US media agency TMZ after the incident showed Heche at the wheel of a blue Mini Cooper, which was later pictured badly damaged at the scene.
The vehicle struck a two-story house and “erupted in a severe fire,” according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).
It took over 50 firefighters 65 minutes to reach, contain and completely extinguish the persistent flames in the badly damaged structure, according to an LAFD report.
Heche suffered a “substantial lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation” and “burns requiring surgical intervention,” a spokeswoman for the actress previously confirmed to the PA.