In a rambling speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, actress Jodie Foster appeared to end years of speculation by casually coming out of the closet while accepting the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award.
Foster, 50, took the stage for an acceptance speech that was anything but predictable, suggesting she had a big announcement that would make her publicist nervous:
“I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud … I am, uh, single,” pausing for dramatic effect before that last word. “I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago.”
Foster, who’s has always been protective of her private life and reluctant to discuss her sexual orientation, joked that celebrities are now expected to reveal they’re gay “with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show.”
“You just might be surprised but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. Please don’t cry, because my reality show is so boring,” she said, adding, “If you had been a public figure since you were a toddler, maybe you’d value privacy above all else, too.”
In her speech, Foster also implied that she planned to retire from acting, but backstage she clarified for reporters, “I could never stop acting. You’d have to drag me behind a team of horses.”
Foster thanked Cydney Bernard, a production manager whom she identified as her former partner of 20 years and with whom she has two sons.