During a rendition of “Two Truths and a Lie” on Wednesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Martha Stewart revealed that she had once dated Anthony Hopkins. One clue read: “I dated Sir Anthony Hopkins but broke up with him because I couldn’t stop thinking of him as Hannibal Lecter,” reported by PEOPLE. Stewart explained, “I have a big, scary house in Maine that’s way by itself on a hundred acres in the forest,” Stewart told DeGeneres. “I couldn’t even imagine taking Anthony Hopkins there. All I could think of was him eating, you know …”
Stewart also spoke about her relationship with Hopkins during a 2006 interview with Howard Stern. “Oh, I loved him, but he was … scary,” Stewart told Stern, per IMDb. “I was going to invite him up to Maine; I have this beautiful home in Maine … but then I reconsidered because I saw that movie again. … I would have probably had a very nice relationship with Anthony Hopkins, but I couldn’t get past the Lecter thing.” Stewart is referencing Hopkins’ role as a serial killer who eats his victims in the cult horror film, “Silence of the Lambs.”
Though Stewart did not reveal exactly when she dated Hopkins, it may have been after Stewart’s divorce in 1990 and between Hopkins’ marriages to Jennifer Lynton, which ended in 2002, and Stella Arroyave, whom he married in 2003, per USA Today.