Jodie Foster shocked Golden Globes guests by saying she’d done her “coming out about a thousand years ago” during her acceptance speech last night.
The actress is famously private about her personal life, although it is known she was in a long-term romance with Cydney Bernard before their split several years ago.
Jodie received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles last night. She surprised many by opening up about her life when she took to the stage.
“While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to say in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support. I am… single. I’m kidding,” she said.
“There won’t 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 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. But now, apparently I’m told, that every celebrity is expected to honour the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show.”
The 50-year-old star added that if more people had been thrust into the limelight when they were “a toddler” they might understand why she is so fiercely protective of her personal life. She also paid tribute to her ex-girlfriend Cydney, who she called the “love of her life” and “most beloved” friend.
In the rest of her speech, Jodie seemingly hinted she might be taking a break from movie making.
“This feels like the end of one era, and the beginning of something else. Scary and exciting, and now what? Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter. I will continue to tell stories, it’s just that from now on I may be holding a different talking stick,” she said.
Jodie’s speech caused a frenzy on Twitter, with stars such as Rosie O’Donnell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kristin Chenoweth posting messages of support.
The Golden Globes ceremony was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whose blend of cheeky humour was a big hit.
In their opening ceremony the stars took shots at Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, who is James Cameron’s ex-wife. Her movie is about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, with Amy having nothing but praise for Kathryn.
“I haven’t really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who was married for three years to James Cameron,” she laughed.
Tina’s joke about Les Misérables star Anne Hathaway went down just as well.
“You gave a stunning performance in Les Misérables. I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars,” she giggled.
Copyright: Cover Media 2013
Monday, 14. January 2013