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Jodie Foster might have been awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 70th Golden Globe Awards for her contributions to film, but her acceptance speech was about anything but. After making a funny Saturday Night Live reference, the 50-year-old actress went into a lengthy discussion about the need for actors like herself to have privacy -- and officially came out.
"I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago in the Stone Age," Foster says in her speech. "Back in the days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and coworkers and then gradually proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met. But now apparently every celebrity is expected to expose the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show." Watch the entire speech here:
Her five-minute-long acceptance brought many in the audience to tears, including Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway. Foster says she's not one to want to air her private life publicly in something like a reality show because, "if you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you had had to fight for a life that felt real, and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe then you too would value privacy above all else."
"I have given everything up there from the time that I was three years old. That's a reality show enough, don't you think?" Foster says.
She adds that one of the keys to making herself sane is keeping herself surrounded by those who she loves, including all the "unfamous faces" in her life, her ailing mother and her friend and costar Mel Gibson. Foster also acknowledges her ex, Cydney Bernard.
"There is no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul-sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, conciliere, and BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard," Foster says. "Thank you, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit, who are my reason to breathe and to evolve, my blood and soul. And boys, in case you didn't know it, this song, like all of this, this song is for you."
Foster concludes, "From now on, I may just be holding a different talking stick. Maybe it won't be as sparkly. Maybe it won't open on 3,000 screens. Maybe it will be so quiet and delicate that only dogs can hear it whistle, but it will be my writing on the wall: Jodie Foster was here, I still am, and I want to be seen, to be understood completely, and to be not so very lonely. Thank you, all of you, for the company. Here's to the next 50 years." Some took these statements to mean Foster is retiring, but that remains to be seen.
Though Foster openly discussed her homosexuality at the Globes, it's not the first time she's done so. In 2007, she referred to "my beautiful Cydney" at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast. "[She] sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss," Foster said at the time. Beyond that, she had never confirmed their relationship, though Foster and Bernard had been frequently seen out in public and were known to be raising Foster's sons, Charles and Christopher.