• Anne Heche was fired from a multimillion deal for dating Ellen DeGeneres
  • DeGeneres warned Heche that their romance might be an issue 
  • DeGeneres is now happily married to Portia de Rossi while Heche is with Thomas Jane

Anne Heche opened up about her past relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, how she stood up for their romance and how she lost a multimillion dollar deal because of it.

Heche recounted her romantic relationship with DeGeneres in a recent interview. The two dated for three years from 1997 to 2000.

"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," Heche was quoted by People, as saying.

"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 before the movie even ended and was told I was not allowed to go to my own after-party for fear that they would get pictures of me with a woman.”

Heche added that DeGeneres warned her that their relationship might be an issue. Looking back, Heche said they’ve been together for years and the stigma toward their romance was so bad.

"She was warning me, 'This is going to happen,'" the actress said.

"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 multi-million dollar picture deal and I did not work in a studio picture for 10 years.”

Despite losing millions for dating a woman, Heche still considered their time together as one of the most beautiful parts of her life. She also said that it prompted "part of a revolution."

"Our time was a beautiful part of my life and one that I wear with honor. I was a part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her," Heche previously said.

DeGeneres is now happily married to Portia de Rossi. Meanwhile, Heche is in a relationship with Thomas Jane. They found love on set while filming "The Vanished," Yahoo! News reported.

Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres
Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres at the premiere of B.Levison's 'Sphere' at the Mann's Village Theater Siemoneit/Sygma via Getty Images