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Video: Jodie Foster on coming out

Accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes, the actress makes her case for privacy

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:25:03 GMT | Updated 4 years today

Receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award, Jodie Foster took the opportunity to, well, not exactly come out but certainly to talk about coming out.


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The Hollywood star, now 50, told the star-studded audience at the Golden Globes Awards ceremony that she had been open about her life with everyone that mattered, making the distinction between people she met and those she didn't.


Continuing on the subject of privacy and the intense pressure on celebrities to bare all to the public, she said:


"If you'd been in the public eye since you were a toddler, if you'd had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against the odds, then you might value privacy above all else."


Avoiding the L-word entirely, Foster went on to thank her former partner, film producer Cydney Bernard, whom she met during the making of Sommersby in 1993:


"There's no way I could stand here without acknowledging one of the deepest loves of my life, my heropic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life (…) my most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit."


Charlie and Kit were in the audience to hear their mother's speech.


Accepting a Women and Entertainment award in 2007, Foster paid tribute to "my beautiful Cydney" - her first public acknowledgement of her sexuality.


Foster also told the audience that she was single and hinted that she may be retiring from acting, although she said she would remain in the business of "telling stories".


The response to Foster's speech has been mixed, with some commentators calling her speech "baffling" and "opaque", while others have hailed her courage.


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