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Jodie Foster Comes Out At Golden Globe Awards: VIDEO

Finally, after years of avoiding any official confirmation, Jodie Foster just came out at the Golden Globe Awards.

FosterReceiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for the many, many great films she has made over the past four decades, an obviously nervous Foster first toyed with the audience a little, dancing around the issue before affirming that, yes, she is a lesbian. (She had previously thanked a female partner in a 2007 speech, but it was not an official, direct coming out.)

Well aware that people have been waiting for this moment for years, Foster explained that her delay wasn't based in shame, but in the fact that she came of age when there was a larger premium on privacy.

She was not of the era when gay or lesbian stars held press conferences to discuss their private lives, she said.

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, 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. You guys might be surprised, but I'm not Honey Boo Boo child.

She went on, "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 against all odds, then maybe you too would value privacy above all else."

But, standing up on that stage, poised and proud, Foster finally did the deed - and, as always, she did it her way. And we couldn't be more happy for her!

Check out the video of Jodie's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP!

And, on a related topic, if you missed our 50 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2012, check them out HERE.

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  1. Did you write this story before seeing the speech? That was the most "ambiguous" coming out EVER.

    Posted by: jR | Jan 13, 2013 10:26:08 PM


  2. I was still confused by the end of her speech as to whether she was coming out. I guess she did. Good for her. :)

    Posted by: Emmy | Jan 13, 2013 10:26:28 PM


  3. Didn't this happen in 2007?

    Posted by: Sara | Jan 13, 2013 10:27:03 PM


  4. http://lesbianlife.about.com/b/2007/12/06/jodie-foster-comes-out.htm

    Posted by: Sara | Jan 13, 2013 10:28:52 PM


  5. Nothing ambiguous about it. Congrats, Jodie!

    Posted by: dattexas | Jan 13, 2013 10:29:09 PM


  6. Oh was that what she was rambling on and on bout?

    Posted by: lazycrockett | Jan 13, 2013 10:29:41 PM


  7. Did NBC mute key words? I can't tell if this really was a coming out speech.

    Posted by: Steve Shaw | Jan 13, 2013 10:30:10 PM


  8. She is fifty. Seems a bit early to be burying her with honorary awards.

    Posted by: melvin | Jan 13, 2013 10:30:30 PM


  9. Nasty, grubby, entitled and actually angry speech... and she still can't say the words 'I'm gay'.

    Posted by: Remote Patrolled | Jan 13, 2013 10:32:47 PM


  10. FINALLY... and with such style. I will always love and admire you Jodi!!!!

    Posted by: linda | Jan 13, 2013 10:33:20 PM


  11. When you start show-biz at age 3, fifty is a 47-year career.

    Posted by: MB | Jan 13, 2013 10:35:10 PM


  12. I'm going with Remote Patrolled on this one. This whole speech was hostile and she was super ambivalent about coming out.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jan 13, 2013 10:36:18 PM


  13. I was just checking to see if Towleroad beat The Advocate yet again. Yet again, you all have.

    Posted by: T | Jan 13, 2013 10:36:27 PM


  14. Count me among those that was wondering if she was actually coming out... but if that's what it was, Congratz, darling. Glad to have ya!

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jan 13, 2013 10:37:28 PM


  15. No, she didn't say that. You WANTED her to. But she didn't say it.

    Posted by: Johnny Lawless | Jan 13, 2013 10:37:51 PM


  16. That speech was an awful, rambling mess! And Jodi was super bitter throughout it. A reasonable person might be confused by exactly what she wanted to convey.

    I like her a lot less right now.

    Posted by: Isaiah | Jan 13, 2013 10:39:57 PM


  17. Wait, you have to come out in different countries separately? Seriously? She came out years ago:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-501256/Jodie-Foster-comes-emotional-tribute-girlfriend-14-years.html

    Posted by: JonQPublik | Jan 13, 2013 10:40:46 PM


  18. oh look what towleroad posted in 2007, jodie foster's coming out. http://www.towleroad.com/2007/12/jodie-foster-th.html

    Posted by: matt | Jan 13, 2013 10:41:22 PM


  19. Some of these comments perplex me. She stated that she came out at an early age to those she was close with, but honered her privacy because she has been in the spotlight her entire life. She said she is not "Honey Boo Boo" and that her 'real life in the spotlight' was reality enough. She then went on to thank to co-mother of her two boys, calling her "my co-parent, ex-partner of 20 years,and love her life, her sister friend and something else. It was clear that they had been together as life partners, but no longer are. How much clearer could it be.

    Posted by: Shannon | Jan 13, 2013 10:41:44 PM


  20. I LOVE HER TO BITS!!!

    Posted by: topher | Jan 13, 2013 10:42:06 PM


  21. Love you Jodie. Very moving speech.

    Posted by: Steve Sydney, Australia | Jan 13, 2013 10:42:15 PM


  22. Coming out of where? I thought her sexuallity was a given

    Posted by: steve johnson | Jan 13, 2013 10:42:24 PM


  23. I watched Foster's whole speech and didn't see or hear anything that sounded like a coming out speech. She "came out" as "single," not as a lesbian, though she toyed with the audience a lot, leaving no real doubt. Here's the way the LA Times put it: "...Jodie Foster, who took to the stage to give a ... retirement speech? A coming-out speech? It was hard to tell. She was receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement when she ramped up to confess that she was single ... and seemed to sidestep directly addressing any questions about her sexual orientation. "

    Posted by: DeaconMac | Jan 13, 2013 10:42:31 PM


  24. I agree that the coming out was not quite as clear as it might have been. However, given the context of the speech in which she introduced the male co-parent of her children while also noting quite dramatically that she's single, I'm realizing she did, in fact, come out. I'm looking forward to reading a transcript of the speech because when she asked the audience for some whooping-it-up when she dramatically announced she's... "single", some of the audio that came next got bleeped, at least on my television set.

    Posted by: Toto | Jan 13, 2013 10:43:10 PM


  25. "she introduced the male co-parent of her children" What?

    Posted by: Steve Sydney, Australia | Jan 13, 2013 10:45:31 PM


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