After receiving the Cecil B. Demille award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes last night, actress Jodie Foster gave what some critics have described as a “rambling” speech — one in which she, once again, came out of the closet. The address, which spanned more than six minutes and tackled a plethora of subject-matter, included accolades to those who have supporter her, complaints about privacy, an admission that she has considered quitting acting and comments about her sexuality.
“Forty-seven years in the film business is a long time,” she proclaimed toward the beginning of her speech, going on to call many of the audience members before her — fellow Hollywood elite — “family of sorts.” Perhaps this admission of comfort with her fellow entertainers is what led Foster to, once again, share some private information, as well as her views on privacy and fame.
As for confidentiality and her personal life, the actress made it clear that she’s not a fan of people peering too intensely into her affairs. To make her point, she even invoked the name of a famed reality show star, noting, “I am not Honey Boo Boo child.” Foster’s point? She’s not interested in displaying every detail of her life for the world to see.
“Privacy — maybe someday in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was,” she proclaimed. “I have given everything out there, from the time I was three years old. That is reality enough.”
However, the actress did shed light on some portions of her life that have been, to date, tabloid fodder. As for her sexuality, Foster made it clear that she is a lesbian. LAist provides a partial transcript of her words:
So while I’m here being all confessional I have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never really been able to air in public… A declaration I’m a little nervous about, but maybe not as nervous as my publicist—hi, Jennifer. Uh, but, you know, I’m gonna put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? I’m gonna need your support on this. I’m… single.
Yes, I am. I am single. No, I’m kidding. But I’m not really kidding but I’m kind of kidding. I mean, thank you for the enthusiasm. Can I get a wolf whistle or something? [NBC sound cuts out]… coming out speech tonight because I already did my coming out a thousand years ago in the Stone Age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young would open up to trusted friends, family, coworkers and then gradually proudly to everyone who knew her and actually met. But now apparently I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their personal life with a press conference, fragrance and prime-time reality show. [...]
There is no way I could stand here tonight 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-consigiliere-most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. 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. … Boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, like all of this, this song is for you.
Watch the curious speech, below:
LAist notes, though, that this isn’t the first time Foster has expressed that she is a lesbian. In a 2007 speech, she, once again, paid tribute to Cydney Bernard (the woman she referred to as her “ex-partner” in last night’s speech). This morning, her perplexing diatribe is making media rounds, as many continue to analyze and read into her intriguing, yet confusing, words.