Jodie Foster Comes Out (Indirectly) in Moving Golden Globes Speech

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Jodie Foster left some people bewildered, others in tears and everyone rived with a long, wide-ranging and emotional speech at the 2013 Golden Globes.

Honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement Sunday, the actress, 50, addressed everything from her sexuality to her ailing mother.

"While I'm here being all confessional, I guess I just have just a sudden urge to say something that I've never really been able to air in public," she said.

"[It's] a declaration that I'm a little nervous about - but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now. I'm just going to put it out there - loud and proud."

After a short hesitation and plea for support, she said: "I am single."

The camera panned to Jodie Foster's rarely-seen sons smiling.

"This is not going to be a big coming out speech tonight because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the stone age."

"In those very quaint days when a fragile girl would open up to trusted friends and family and coworkers and then gradually proudly to everyone who knew her."

"Apparently now 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."

Foster, who criticized the media for its treatment of Kristen Stewart this summer, spoke candidly - and a little bit pointedly - about her desire for privacy.

"If you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, than maybe you too would value privacy above all else," she said.

Noting that she'd been a working actress for 47 years, the youngest-ever recipient of the award then added, "isn't that reality show enough?"

She continued, confidently, thanking her "heroic co-parent, my ex partner in love, but righteous soul sister in life. My confessor ... most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard."

"Thank you so much, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit who are my reason to breathe and to evolve."

Foster and Bernard parted ways a few years ago after a very long-term relationship, but this was the first time she'd addressed her sexuality ... ever.

As if coming out (if you can call it that) as a lesbian wasn't significant enough, she then spoke about her apparently ailing mom, bringing the audience to tears.

"I love you, I love you, I love you and I hope if I say this three times, it will magically and perfectly enter into your soul, fill you with grace and the joy of knowing that you did good in this life," she said.

"You're a great mom. Please take that with you when you're finally okay to go."

It also appeared to be a retirement announcement at one point, but Foster said later she was referring to a different phase of her life - not quite as literally.

What did you think of Jodie Foster's emotional speech?

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Oooops....forgot. My kind and warm S/O (Sig. Other) is Native American and I'm solid Irish. He's big and tall...I'm short and small.

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Oh, please. I am straight, have my man, 3 kids in their 20s w/him...(I'm a child of the late 60s/early 70s) but think a person's sexual orientation/life should NOT matter. As long as you are one traveling on the path of caring, loving, honesty...forget-about-it! Our souls have nothing to do with gender. They are what they are. Society be damned...it's artificial anyway. If you care about sex. orient/race/creed...then you're living in the 19th century. Not this one. Living "old and bold"! Living large and in charge, loving it, and looking for my next adventure!!! And...sorry folks...this world is wonderfully diverse. Can't deal with it? I hear Mars is open.

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A person's Orientation should be a PRIVATE matter I'm NOT gay I have GAY FRIENDS HAVE BEEN CALLED A FAG HAG ie; a straight woman who hangs out w/GAY MEN but I DON'T feel comfortable around LESBIANS I feel they are a threat to my person I had a co-worker friend once she came out 2 me I kept my distance.

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@ Ronnie Corral

Please check my above comment. So many people are so far behind this age. I'm from "the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius" and we thot we would be further along by now. Disappointed that we aren't and can't figure out why... We were "Free Love" and Understanding. Something snapped...the wrong way...!

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CNN SODOMY BUREAU ...
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WOLF THE SQUIRREL FACE BLITZER REPORTING....
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CNN CAN NOW CONFIRM THAT THE MAN-JAWED SODOMY FREAK , GRODIE FOSTER HAS ADMITTED TO BEING A BUGGERY PRACTICIANER WHO'S BEEN ON THE LOW-DOWN WITH IT'S POSSUM LICKIN' GOOD TIMES ... ROSIE (O'DONNELL) THE FREAK IS REPORTED TO BE LICKIN' HER CHOPS AND OILIN' UP THE COOCH !!!1

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@ CNN SPECIAL REPORT !!!!

CNN finally reporting on the evil and disgust that is perverts !!!! good. But it's not until this whole criminal government - one neck deep in conspiracy to foist sodomy insanity on America as a manifestation of their hate and envy of a wholesome white nation -
that we will have control back to normal and recriminalize homosexuals and their ilk ..

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@ CNN SPECIAL REPORT !!!!

You have to be one of the most demented AzzWipes that has ever posted.

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I do like Jodi Foster. She is a talented actress. But I must say, I was totally confused at her speech. Yes, I get it she's gay, but the way she spoke at times was all over the place. A bit confusing. Surprised, because she is such a talent. As for giving speaches.....NOT.....

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I admire Ms. Jodie Foster's decision and timing to tell the whole world her own truth. This revelation serves as a celebration for her sexuality and her achievement award. So I say great timing! Nothing else other than this emotional and touching acceptance speech could've better marked the milestone in her career. I hope she'll soon find her true love in life to keep walking on the wonderful journey that is life with.

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I applaud Jodi Foster for her bravery in coming out on live television. Not sure why she chose that stage or forum to express her feelings about her sexuality. I think it would have been a perfect speech if she just got to the point. Instead of dancing completely around the subject at times.
Just sayin!!!! congrats to Jodi, I guess.

William poirier

I always thought she was gay since there was never anything in the news about divorces etc,,,,,I mean she is attractive in good condition etc so I figured she was gay period

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@ william poirier

Never really cared one way or the other about her sex life. She is a major talent...Hollywood doesn't have many that could fill her shoes.

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Jodie wasn't exactly to the point. As Barbara Wawa said - her speech was definitely the "most confusing". She seemed to trail off and speak in code at times. Yes, yes, we eventually figured out what the heck she was referring to, but geez-oh-wiz, she could have just gotten to the point instead of leading us all to believe the opposite at times. JMO.

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Beautiful speech.She is an incredible actress and, I am sure, has endured a lot throughout her career. Wish everyone, including the haters commenting here, could be as honest.

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@ barb

ALL the "haters?" I only see 6 comments and just one that is negative regarding Foster. I don't give a rat's rear what an adult does sexually (with another consenting adult or by themselves). However, I'm sick of homosexuals talking about how PROUD they are to prefer sex wit, in Foster's case, another woman. I'm curious as to what caused their split; I mean, if they are still "BFF's" what went wrong. Oh, I KNOW it happens frequently in hetero marriages, but, how about the kids? Just sayin'... OK. Now I guess their are 2 "haters." :)