The Hung star split from her then-husband Coley Laffoon in 2007 and subsequently began a relationship with her Men in Trees co-star Tupper.
Heche admits the actor has been asking her to marry him every year since, and while she hasn’t exactly said no, she is putting off the thought of exchanging vows again because she’s “not in love” with the idea.
Asked about her “engagement” on U.S. show The Talk on Thursday (26Jan12), she replied, “The longer (the engagement) the better. I say he can roll me down the aisle when I’m 60, ’cause that’s probably where I’ll be, in a wheelchair, but I’m so spoilt because he’s asked me to marry him four years in a row so I have a collection of engagement rings…”
The proposals have become like tradition for the couple, and Tupper has since recruited Heche’s nine-year-old son Homer, from her relationship with Laffoon, to convince his mum to walk down the aisle with him.
She explained, “They’re so cute because Homer and he have made it a tradition of asking me together… I think it will be revealed to me if and when it’s the right time (to marry)… It’s just that it’s working so well, I’m happy to say… I was a little not in love with marriage…”
But Heche, who also has another son, Atlas, with her boyfriend, admits she enjoys seeing what extravagant proposals Tupper and Homer come up with – and last year’s (11) was truly romantic.
She said, “They get better and better. I was in Paris for one, which was kind of amazing, super duper amazing. This time… I was shooting Hung during my birthday and I came home, I was welcomed into the house with candlelight… It was kind of late and I come through the archway and dumped on top of me was confetti… I looked up and there was 600 balloons (sic), orange balloons all floated to the ceiling of our house with a box which floated down, strangely on cue, into my arms, and inside was a tiny little box. It was like being in a movie… In the box was a little box which said, ‘Surprise’ and I look down and Homer and James were on their knees.”