Why did Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres split? How the relationship cost actress her movie career

'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 said about Ellen DeGeneres


                            Why did Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres split? How the relationship cost actress her movie career
Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche made the headlines for their relationship before calling it quits in 2000 (Alberto E Rodriguez /Getty Images)
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Back in late 1990s when same-sex relationships were highly uncommon, the famous talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and 'Six Days, Seven Nights' star Anne Heche made the headlines when they made their romantic relationship officially public. However, unfortunately, like other high-profile celebrity couples, the former couple didn't last long and finally broke up in 2000.

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The duo dated from 1997 to 2000, being in a relationship for nearly three-and-a-half years. On August 5, Heche got into an ugly car crash that left her with some serious burns, as per reports. Heche crashed her car into a house causing a fire, suffered multiple burns, and eventually was taken away to a hospital. The massive fire left DeGeneres' ex-girlfriend with severe burns, so much so that she had to be taken away on a stretcher.

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Heche and DeGeneres' relationship started in 1997 when the duo met at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in 1997 and quickly became the most famous openly LGBTQ couple in Hollywood at the time. "I saw Ellen across a crowded room, not knowing anything at all, except that I was just drawn to her," Heche once told Oprah. In 2018, on the Irish Goodbye podcast Heche talked about their past relationship. She said, “Ellen and I met on a Sunday night at the Vanity Fair party".

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Heche said during the interview that things went "click" when she first laid eyes on DeGeneres. "Our souls connect[ed], and there's a time when souls come together and they're just meant to be... My soul was meant to be with hers and that's all that matters," she said. However, they shocked their fans when they ended their relationship. “Our time was a beautiful part of my life and one that I wear with honor,” she told Mr Warburton magazine in September 2020. “I was a part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her".

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Actors Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres attend the 10th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Gala to honor Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher April 17, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA. On August 19, 2000, the couple issued a joint statement to the New York Daily News that they have ended their 3 year relationship.
Actors Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres attend the 10th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 1999 in Los Angeles, CA. 

In October 2020, during an episode of 'Dancing With the Stars', Heche revealed that dating the talk show host from 1997 to 2000 also negatively impacted her career in a major way. “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,” she claimed, adding that meeting DeGeneres at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in 1997 was “the night that changed my life forever.”

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Last year, the actress joined TikTok and while going through her past red carpet looks, she said that "Ellen didn't want me to dress sexy". Thus, giving the outfit a zero out of ten and a big thumbs down.