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Jodie Foster at Golden Globes 2013: 'I came out as gay 1,000 years ago'

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Jodie Foster came out as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Award at Sunday night's Golden Globes.

The veteran actress spoke publicly about her sexuality for the first time and also thanked former partner Cydney Bernard - whom Foster described as her "ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life" - during her acceptance speech.



"I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never been able to air in public that I'm a little nervous about - but maybe not as nervous as my publicist. So I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud, right? I'm going to need your support on this," Foster said, before joking that she is "single".

"I hope you won't be disappointed that there won't be a big coming out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age," she said.

"In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to friends and family and co-workers then gradually, proudly to everyone that knew her, everyone she actually met. But now apparently I'm told that every celebrity is to honour the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show."

Jodie Foster poses with the Cecile B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to the entertainment field in the press room at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

© PA Images / Jordan Strauss/AP



"You guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo child. That's just not me. It never was and it never will be.

Foster continued by saying: "Seriously, if you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you'd had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too might value privacy above all else. Privacy.

"In the future people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was. I have given everything, up there, from the time that I was three years old. That's reality show enough, don't you think?"

Foster also thanked her mother, who suffers from dementia, and hinted that the speech could mark her retirement from acting.

"I may not be up on this stage again - on any stage for that matter," she said. "Change - you've got to love it."

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