Jodie Foster 'Comes Out' in Globes Speech

Star says she's keeping private life private

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 14, 2013 12:57 AM CST | Updated Jan 14, 2013 3:15 AM CST

(Newser) – Jodie Foster is the talk of the entertainment world after an amazing Golden Globes speech in which she addressed rumors that she is a lesbian and poked fun at the media's need for a public declaration, Jezebel reports. "I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age," the star said as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement. "In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers 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 honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a primetime reality show," Foster said "You guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo child."

  • Foster's speech left some rushing to congratulate her and others wondering what she had really been saying, the Wall Street Journal reports. "On your terms. Its [sic] your time!" tweeted Ricky Martin. "Not before nor after. Its [sic] when it feels right!"
  • In the wondering-what-she-had-been saying camp, in the Los Angeles Times, Susan King and Rene Lynch write, "Even backstage, talking face-to-face with the media, she was cryptic about what, exactly, she was trying to say with her speech. (Memo to Foster: Nothing will destroy an attempt at privacy like telling the world you want to keep your life private.)"
  • Foster also made remarks including "I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage, for that matter," which some observers took to be an announcement that the 50-year-old star was retiring, the Guardian reports. After the speech, however, she told reporters that wild horses couldn't drag her away from acting.
  • "No one ever wants to admit whether they are transitioning into anything else or letting go of something, whatever it may be, but Jodie is so classy that she would share that," said Robert Downey Jr., who introduced Foster, after her speech. At the close of the show, Amy Poehler quipped that her and co-host Tina Fey were "going home with Jodie Foster." Click for some of their best lines of the night.

Jodie Foster, recipient of the Cecil B. Demille Award, speaks the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.   (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
Jodie Foster, recipient of the Cecil B. Demille Award, during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
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