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Jodie Foster 'comes out' in Golden Globe speech

Monday, 14 January 2013 - 7:48pm IST | Agency: IANS
Actress Jodie Foster, who recieved the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille trophy at the 70th Golden Globe award ceremony, used the platform to clear air about her sexuality, her love and also made a plea to spare her personal life.

Actress Jodie Foster, who recieved the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille trophy at the 70th Golden Globe award ceremony, used the platform to clear air about her sexuality, her love and also made a plea to spare her personal life.

She admitted that she had come out to everyone she had met, but regretted that a public declaration in the media was required, reports guardian.co.uk.

After teasing the crowd that she was going to make an announcement "that I'm a little bit nervous about", Foster said: "I'm just gonna put it out there... I'm single."

The 50-year-old evoked laughter, but the audience at the Beverly Hilton hotel here, also found some seriousness in Foster's words.

The 50-year-old said: "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, co-workers 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 honour the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo child."

That the Taxi Driver and Carnage actress is gay is a fact known in Hollywood circles for years. But it was rarely ever acknowledged in the media as Foster has never discussed it publicly, apart from one instance when she spoke of her then partner, Cydney Bernard, in a speech in 2007.

At the Golden Globe awards, Foster shifted from a discussion about her sexuality to speak about the issue of privacy for people in the public eye. She critiqued modern celebrity media culture.

"If you had been a public figure by the time you were a toddler, if you had had to fight for a life that felt real, and honest, and normal against all odds, then you too might value privacy above all else," she said.

"Privacy. Some day in the future people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was," she added.


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