At the Golden Globes, Jodie Foster received the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award in a rambling speech which addressed a diverse bunch of topics like personal privacy for people in Hollywood and her sexuality. While Foster’s lesbianism has been the subject of dozens of news stories over the years, her coming out was about as surprising as that of Nathan Lane or Stephen Fry or Anderson Cooper.
After she was introduced by Robert Downey Jr., Foster stated “While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to air in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support. I am — single!” Which is something that has been known for a while now since she broke up with her partner.
Foster also stated “I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her.”
She did thank her ex Cydney Bernard whom she called “my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life”. The two had been together for twenty years.
Oh, and no, Foster isn’t retiring. She stated to the AP “I could never stop acting. You’d have to drag me behind a team of horses. I’d like to be directing tomorrow. I’m more into it than I have ever been.”