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Jodie Foster ‘comes out’ in Golden Globes speech

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Her speech moved people to tears and elicited mixed reactions in social media

NO HONEY BOO BOO. Actress and filmmaker Jodie Foster has been in front of the camera since she was 3 years old. And growing up in front of the camera is her version of a 'reality show.' Photo from the Golden Globes Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Jodie Foster indirectly acknowledged that she is gay while accepting her Cecile B de Mille Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Robert Downey Jr at the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 13 (Monday, January 14 Manila time).

The 50-year-old actress thanked her ex-partner Cydney Bernard, saying:

“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, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. Thank you, Cyd.”

Watch the video of her acceptance speech here:

Foster went on to thank her two sons who were sitting in the audience, saying, “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.”

MODERN FAMILY. Foster's sons came to show their support at the 70th annual Golden Globes. Screen grab from YouTube (NewsPoliticsNow3)

The actress and filmmaker, who has been fiercely private about details of her personal life, said it was common knowledge that she was gay among people she had “actually met.”

“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,” Foster said.

“But now, apparently, I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor 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,” she added to laughs from members of the crowd familiar with the laughable toddler from the TLC reality show “Toddlers and Tiaras” who now has her own reality show. 

Foster is known for her acting chops in cult classics like “Taxi Driver,” “Contact,” and “Silence of the Lambs.” She has been in the business since the age of 3. 

Parts of her occasionally obscure speech seemed to suggest she would be retiring from the silver screen, but she quickly clarified this with the Hollywood Reporter backstage: “No, I am not retiring… I could never stop acting. You’d have to drag me with wild horses.” 

Read the full text of Foster’s speech here. Tell us if you think that it is, indeed, a coming out speech or not by posting your comments below. –

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