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
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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