Towards the end of Jodie Foster‘s speech, she was at the Golden Globes to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award, the camera cut away from the 50-year-old actress to various audience members. Kate Hudson was seen wiping away tears with a dinner napkin. Keri Russell let her tears rest on her flawless cheeks. And newly named Golden Globes winner Anne Hathaway’s eyes were filled with tears about to escape for a run down her face but the camera moved before we saw their fall. The reason these luminaries were in this state? They were all very much touched by Jodie Foster’s emotional, confessional and surprising speech. She talked of her love for her bad boy co-stars Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Junior. She talked of her “modern family.” And the thing that really didn’t need to be said, what she didn’t want to say, but what has become an elephant in the room — she touched upon the topic of her sexual orientation.
For years there has been rumors, speculation, and a public thirst for confirmation of what “team she played on.” But this was her private life. She was open to those who knew her, those she worked with, those in her family. She wanted this privacy, keeping her professional and personal lives separate. But finally at the Golden Globes she finally “came out.”
“While I’m here being all confessional, I guess I just have just a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public,” a smiling Foster teased. “[It’s] a declaration that I’m a little nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now. I’m just going to put it out there loud and proud.”
After a short pause she declared: “I am single.” It was very much said with a wink. Not saying what didn’t need to be said in the first place.
“This is not going to 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 girl would open up to trusted friends and family and coworkers and then gradually proudly to everyone who knew her … 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 prime-time reality show.”
She went on to thank the woman she had been with for years, thanking her “heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love, but righteous soul sister in life. My confessor … most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. Thank you, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit who are my reason to breathe and to evolve. … Boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, like all of this, this song is for you.”
She closed with a very touching message to her mother, who is in her last days. Saying to the camera, as if it were her mom, “I love you, I love you, I love you, ” and adding, “you are a great mom — take that with you when you are finally okay to go.” This is when Jodie Foster herself started to tear up.
Jodie Foster didn’t need to go on live TV to talk about her personal life. She could have nodded and took the award and thanked everyone and moved on. It seems like she felt she owed her fans, the public, and her community some sort of public statement, albeit a vague one. And she did, she used this moment to stand proudly, as her family sat near by, not just for her work as an actress and director but as a daughter, a mother, and as “single.”