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Surprise? Jodie Foster’s casual coming out at the Golden Globes

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Did she, or didn’t she?

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In a rambling speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, actress Jodie Foster appeared to end years of speculation by casually coming out of the closet while accepting the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award.

Foster, 50, took the stage for an acceptance speech that was anything but predictable, suggesting she had a big announcement that would make her publicist nervous:

“I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud … I am, uh, single,” pausing for dramatic effect before that last word. “I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago.”

Foster, who’s has always been protective of her private life and reluctant to discuss her sexual orientation, joked that celebrities are now expected to reveal they’re gay “with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show.”

“You just might be surprised but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. Please don’t cry, because my reality show is so boring,” she said, adding, “If you had been a public figure since you were a toddler, maybe you’d value privacy above all else, too.”

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In her speech, Foster also implied that she planned to retire from acting, but backstage she clarified for reporters, “I could never stop acting. You’d have to drag me behind a team of horses.”

Foster thanked Cydney Bernard, a production manager whom she identified as her former partner of 20 years and with whom she has two sons.

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  1. o.O but…I thought she’s been out for ages?

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:01pm
  2. She had a partner for like…15 years lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:02pm
  3. We knew long ago :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:02pm
  4. WOOO!!! HOOO!!! You GO Jodie! You’re AWESOME!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:03pm
  5. More alies for the fight for Marriage Equality.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:03pm
  6. Everyone pretty much knew but she never officially came out to the media.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:04pm
  7. Yeah, you should see my surprise face…;)

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:04pm
  8. I don’t know why people are so worked up about it when it was done in 2007

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:04pm
  9. Nothing new here. Move along folks. (I think she was poking fun at herself for not having some big dramatic coming out story to share)

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:05pm
  10. Ya I thought she came out the moment she showed up on the big screen, she was that obvious.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:06pm
  11. 20 years. Yes we knew, but she never stood up on a stage and put it out there. Her whole life has been out there and all she wanted was a private life. She was so open about her life, her love, her mother…and to hear that she doesn’t want to be so lonely in this life. As another gay 50 yr old, I could relate, even though I have a wife of 20 years. We couldn’t talk about it openly for so many years. It was a lonely journey for me too. Thank you Jodie!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:08pm
  12. she had a partner for 20 years to be exact

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:09pm
  13. someday noone will have to come out, itll just be ” did you hear jodie found herself a nice girl?”

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:10pm
  14. I’m very Proud of her. It was done very well and full of emotions. However, I am disgusted she brought that hateful val person to supposedly support her. Mel Gibson is such scum why on earth would she think to bring him to what should be an amazing night or her and our community.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:10pm
  15. Well I never knew but ok Watever. She looks awesome for 50!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:10pm
  16. I think if you ask Jodie she will tell you she has never in in the closet

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:11pm
  17. Her speech was very moving. She had me in tears when she spoke of her mom, and her not wanting to be lonely in this life resonated with me. Be proud, Jodie, for all that you are and everything you have accomplished!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:11pm
  18. Im still waiting on Joan Jett ;)

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:13pm
  19. Complete shock. Almost as shocked as I was about Anderson Cooper.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:14pm
  20. Next you’re going to tell me Liberace was gay! ;)

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:14pm
  21. She is absolutely fantastic. She never made a big deal of who she was and yeah some people criticised her but she did what we all want and that was normalise her life NOT making everything about being gay . Her sexuality was the least of her concerns she knew who she was why the big deal… <3 her and how she lives her life it is Beautiful.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:16pm
  22. two words…Value and integrity!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:16pm
  23. And in other news, the sun rises and sets!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:18pm
  24. Jodie was my first crush. <3

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:18pm
  25. Finally!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:24pm
  26. I had a feeling…. hehe. :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:31pm
  27. Hell yes!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:35pm
  28. Ho hum……….

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:48pm
  29. She kinda came out back in 2007

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:49pm
  30. I don’t think she came out.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11:16pm
  31. I think she came out a little to late….

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11:20pm
  32. I love her anyway! Jodie Foster, you are amazing! :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11:28pm
  33. HIP, HIP, HOORAY for Jodie Foster! It’s never too late to be honest with oneself and others!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11:35pm
  34. Thank you Jodie Foster for being brave. Always an excellent actress, director, and producer, who has “come out” while in her career, while many others still wait until their careers are over, in an attempt at making some buzz. She never lied like so many others in the industry did, who are now out and winning awards for coming out “post-career”. She always preferred to be private, even as a kid. I respect her a lot for being so forward, private, truthful and for trying to bridge yet another gap in the attitudes towards openly gay actors and actresses working in straight roles in Hollywood, who were banned and type-cast just 10 years ago

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11:40pm
  35. Everyone already knew.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11:41pm
  36. good going Jodie Proud of you

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11:42pm
  37. She never actually came out before this. She has just lived her life on her terms. She never addressed rumors because her private life is very important to her. Most people I would say already knew but Jodie still managed a private life and I say “bravo” to her. She was my first crush and I was only 5.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 11:43pm
  38. Yes a lot of people knew, but there are those who didn’t. It is the fact that she did this at such a public venue. I’ve loved her ever since Freaky Friday. I’m just sad she may not be doing anymore movies. It will be nice to witness, if that is possible, what she does next.

    Btw, did anybody else think Mel looked kinda crazy?! Her endorsement of him over the years is part of the reason I’ve kept up hope and a little respect for him. But damn Mel! Not looking too good buddy. :(

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:05am
  39. I agree, Rachel, Mel was looking crazy.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:09am
  40. good for you, Jodie!

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:15am
  41. Hey hey the Rachel’s agree.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:15am
  42. BRAVE? That was NOT brave…

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:30am
  43. Not surprising. I already know she’s lesbian a long time ago.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:57am
  44. Gotta love the hateful and negative comments here. Really classy.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:21am
  45. I never thought she was straight which is impressive when I think of it. It’s cool to come out but cooler still if we don’t really have to.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 3:26am
  46. She’s amazing.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 4:02am
  47. Her sexuality never even occured to me, it was just a given that she is gay. That is the true meaning of equality.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 4:05am
  48. Im as shocked as the day when Liberace came out.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 4:19am
  49. do anyone our there think it was a weird forum for her to make this big announcement? It just felt a little off to me

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 4:41am
  50. Her speech was great altho a bit all over the place. Maybe nerves, Maybe wine. Jodi had some edge but still eloquent & at the end brought it back together nicely. She didn’t have to do it – she made a choice to do it. All good.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 5:28am
  51. She came out a few years ago so this is kind of anti-climactic in a way. Though I’m glad she’s not afraid to just matter of fact share what’s going on in her life I think I respect her for her need to just be her and whoever and whatever comes her way so be it. That comfort level is the thing I hope straight or gay would feel able to do at some point before I breath my last.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 5:46am
  52. Rambling yes, what bothered me most was absolutely no acknowledgement of the major award she was there to accept.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 6:50am
  53. She has been out for a long time. In the 90′s she use to go clubing at the gay clubs in Long Beach. It was never a secret. I think her point was that every part of her life has been public and now she is looking forward to having some privacy. She did say that she may never step foot on the stage again. However she was all over the place so I watched her speech a second time and that is what I took away from it.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 6:50am
  54. Loved the speech – when one is very grateful to be on the receiving end of something this prestigious the fact she actually showed up for me was enough. Who cares if she is out or not – she is a true representative of what a celebrity should be. Modest, funny, dry, sarcastic and forthright. Love you Jodie – you give the rest of us hope for more celebrities like yourself.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 7:48am
  55. Everyone and their mother knew. She probably just got tired of the question.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:10am
  56. No surprise to me….anyway, congratulations Jodie.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:27am
  57. Glad to see my infatuation with her was not a waste. I’ve been in love with her since i was 12. My wife even said she would forgive my indisgrtions if we had an affair!

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:44am
  58. She deserved it,lets talk our hearts out

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:17pm