Jodie Foster made her "big coming out" at the Golden Globe Awards last night (January 13).
The Panic Room actress has never publicly acknowledged she is a lesbian but as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award— which is given in recognition of outstanding achievement— she admitted her friends and family had known about her sexuality for "a thousand years."
However, she felt the time was right to confirm her sexuality, but joked that it didn’t mean she was about to subject people to a fly-on-the-wall account of her personal life—because she isn’t interesting enough.
She said: “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. Yes I am! I am single. No, I’m kidding."
She added: "A big coming out speech tonight... 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 prime time reality show ... I’m sorry, that’s just not me and it never will be.
"But please support me because my reality show would be so boring. I would have to make out with Marion Cotillard, and spank Daniel Craig’s bottom just to stay on the air."
The 50-year-old actress—who began her career when she was just three years old—admitted being in the public eye for so long was one of the reasons why she had never acknowledged her sexuality.
She added: "But seriously, if you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler.
"If you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal, then maybe then too you’d value privacy about all else.
"Someday in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was.
"I have given everything up there since the time that I was three years old and that’s a reality show enough, don’t you think."
She then went on to praise her rumored former partner Cydney Bernard, with whom she raises children Charlie, 14, and 11-year-old Kit.
She said: "Love people and stay beside them. There is no way I could stand here tonight without acknowledging one of the greatest loves of my life.
"My ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my most beloved BFF [best friend] of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. I am so proud of our modern family."
Yes I am! I am single. No, I’m kidding.