The actress spoke publicly about her sexuality and hinted that she may stop acting in the future during the remarks, which came as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Award at the ceremony.
However, Foster later told reporters backstage that she "could never stop acting", Us Weekly reports.
"You'd have to drag me behind, like, a team of horses," she said. "No, I'm not retiring from acting. And, you know, I'd like to be directing tomorrow... I'm actually more into it than I have ever been."
Foster explained that she wanted to point out "that people change", saying: "Change is important. And you know, hopefully I'll be doing different things than I did when I was three years old and six years old and ten years old and 20 years old... My work is evolving."
The star also explained her decision to open up about her private life, saying: "The speech kind of speaks for itself. It's a big, long career and it's not just a career; it's friendships and relationships.
"I feel like I am graduating from something... And it's a big moment and I wanted to say, you know, what's most in my heart."
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