Did Jodie Foster publicly come out for the first time at the Golden Globes?
While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award at the show, she feigned as if she was going to make a public disclosure about her personal life. (Full transcript below.) But then…
“While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to say 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,” she began. “I’m kidding.”
She address the issue a bit more directly, however. “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. To everyone she actually met. But now, apparently I’m told, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I’m not Honey Boo Boo child.”
“If you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too would value privacy above all else,” Foster added.
Backstage in the press room, Foster talked about her speech.
“The speech speaks for itself. It’s a big long career. It’s friendships, relationships. I feel like I’m graduating from high school or college or something,” she said.
And even though on stage it sounded like she might be retiring from Hollywood, the actress made it clear that she’s not going anywhere.
“I could never stop acting. You’d have to drag me behind a team of horses. I’ll never stop acting. I’d like to be directing tomorrow. I’m more into it than I’ve ever been.”
Though she has never overtly acknowledged her sexuality in public, tonight was not the first time she hinted at it in front of an audience. In 2007, at an awards dinner, she thanked her “beautiful Cydney,” a reference to Cydney Bernard, the woman she had reportedly been with for 14 years before their split.
Read the full transcript of her speech.
(Reporting by Laura Hertzfeld and Keith Staskiewicz)