Jodie Foster Delivers 'Coming Out' Speech at Golden Globes 2013
Jodie Foster officially came out on the stage of 2013 Golden Globes Sunday night, January 13 after accepting lifetime achievement honor, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, from Robert Downey Jr.. The former child actress began with a faux-dramatic speech before addressing her sexuality and thanking her closest ones for being supportive throughout the years.
"I'm here being all confessional, and I just have a sudden urge to say something that I've never really been able to air in public, a declaration that I'm a little nervous about, maybe not as nervous as my publicist right now," she started. "But I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud, right? So I'm going to need your support on this. I am... single."
"I'm kidding," the 50-year-old star added. "I hope you won't be disappointed that this is not some big coming out speech, because I did my coming out a thousand years ago back in the stone age, in those quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers 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 prime time reality show," she added. "You guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. I'm sorry. That's just not me, it never was, and it never will be, but please don't cry because my reality show would be so boring."
"If you had been a public figure from the time you were a toddler, if you'd had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, than maybe to you might value privacy above all else," the guest of honor continued. "I have given everything up there from the time that I was three-years old. That's reality show enough, don't you think?"
"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," she went on. "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."
Also thanking her ailing mother, Foster sparked retirement rumor after saying, "I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter." She, however, denied it backstage, "This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else, scary and exciting," she explained. "I could never stop acting. You'd have to drag me behind a team of horses."
At the end of the show, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler gave a shout-out to the "Panic Room" actress when sending the crowd home, "Thank you very much. We're going home with Jodie Foster."
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