• Anne Heche believes that her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres created "social change"
  • The actress said her time with DeGeneres was a "beautiful part" of her life
  • The actress and the talk show host started dating in 1997 and broke up in 2000

Nearly two decades after their split, Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-girlfriend Anne Heche opened up about her pathbreaking relationship with the talk show host and revealed that their romance created “social change.”

Speaking in an interview with Mr. Warburton Magazine, the 51-year-old actress shared some specific details about the wonderful time she spent with DeGeneres when they were in a relationship for three years.

Heche said that being in a relationship with DeGeneres was one of the most beautiful parts of her life and she has no regrets about that. She also believes that she was “part of a revolution” that created change in society.

DeGeneres and Heche were teased and ridiculed back in the 90s for going all out and owning their same-sex relationship in public.

The “Donnie Brasco” star credited DeGeneres for making her part of the important and much-needed 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,” Mr. Warburton Magazine quoted Heche, as saying.

The former couple met each other at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in 1997 and started their relationship in the same year. However, the actress had to pay a hefty price for having a romantic relationship with DeGeneres.

The actress recalled an incident that happened during the premiere of her movie “Volcano.” Heche said that several executives from Fox Studios told her that her contract will be terminated if she were to bring DeGeneres to the film’s premiere.

Despite the threats, she walked on the red carpet with the talk-show host. Unfortunately, the couple was escorted out of the theater and was not even allowed to attend the premiere party because the production house did not want photos of them together to be taken by the photographers.

“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,” Heche said.

The couple broke up in 2000.

Later in the interview, Heche shared that she is “proud” that their romance started the discussions on LGBTQ+ rights. However, she feels that there is still a lot of work to be done.

“I am proud to have been part of a revolution that helped move equality forward, but there is still work to do. I have paved this way for myself, and my honesty had every single thing to do with it. I think every interaction we have should begin with whether or not we can look at and talk to other human beings with 100% respect. My answer will always be ‘yes,” Heche said during the interview.

She also revealed that Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin supported her even after she came out with her sexual orientation and kept on working with her despite facing difficulties from all corners.

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