Jodie Foster comes out as gay at Golden Globes

BEVERLY HILLS, California Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:35pm EST

Actress Jodie Foster (L) accepts the Cecil B. Demille Award, on stage on at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013, in this picture provided by NBC. REUTERS/Paul Drinkwater/NBC/Handout

Actress Jodie Foster (L) accepts the Cecil B. Demille Award, on stage on at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013, in this picture provided by NBC.

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BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Hollywood actress Jodie Foster confirmed long-running speculation that she is gay by coming out at the Golden Globes awards on Sunday, but joked she wouldn't be holding a news conference to discuss her private life.

The notoriously private Foster stunned the audience of stars and Hollywood powerbrokers as she accepted a life-time achievement awarded by announcing she was now single.

"Seriously, I hope that you're not disappointed that there won't be a big-coming-out speech tonight," she said, "because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age."

Foster said she had always been up front with trusted friends and family about her sexual orientation.

"But now apparently, I'm told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference ... that's just not me," she said.

Foster, 50, then talked to her "ex-partner in love" Cydney Bernard, from whom she recently split, and their two sons in the audience.

"Thank you Cyd, I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons," Foster said.

Over the years, Foster had come under withering criticism from the gay community for not publicly recognizing she was gay.

The two-time best actress Oscar winner for "The Silence of the Lambs" and "The Accused" said she had valued her privacy because of her early acting career, which started at the age of three.

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

(This story is corrected with spelling of Bernard's first name to Cydney in paras 6 and 7)

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy and Mary Milliken; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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Comments (18)
Bald_eagle wrote:
Wow…what a surprise. Why do we have to know who is licking her and who she is licking? She is a good actress but who cares? Plus doing it on national TV is in your face… not mine, but the countries. Keep it to yourself Jodie.

Jan 14, 2013 2:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
catalinda8 wrote:
Hasn’t everyone known she’s gay for many years? Plus, I’m not sure that’s exactly what she said in her speech. She’s a wonderful actress, and I wish her the best.

Jan 14, 2013 2:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gramsey wrote:
Why does she think this is a secret? Some of us knew she was gay before she probably fully understood.

Jan 14, 2013 2:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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