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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. I was most confused by her propping up of Mel Gibson, a devout homophobe. Altho he got train-wrecked and needs help from someone, you do have to wonder if Jodie enlightened his bigoted views.

    as for Jodie and her privacy, I'm positive John Hinkley forced her to hunker down and avoid this culture's "need-to-know".

    Posted by: bALAN | Jan 14, 2013 11:24:18 AM

  2. Eff her. I hope Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris. Zachary Quinto and all the others she so rudely compared to Honey Boo Boo tossed their drinks at her.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jan 14, 2013 11:29:16 AM

  3. her speech makes me proud of all the non-famous, non-wealthy, average folks who have come out every day

    Posted by: t | Jan 14, 2013 12:22:00 PM

  4. maybe she's not hostile, but rather guilty or angry at herself for not coming out earlier (than 2007)?

    Posted by: t | Jan 14, 2013 12:27:08 PM

  5. congrats to the village people. seriously, listen to those lyrics--from the 70's and 80's no less!

    Posted by: t | Jan 14, 2013 12:33:32 PM

  6. I'm surprised that out of maybe 75 or so comments, only five that I noticed reference John Hinkley, which I believe is the main reason why Jodie has been so wary of leaving the glass closet. Actors like Cruise and Travolta, with their fake marriages, are far more damaging and pathetic to anything Jodie's ever done. She's never pretended to be straight, she just couldn't come out. And why is that? One - yes, it could very likely have damaged her career... She was big in the 70s and 80s especially when people disapproved more of gay people. Is that noble of her to hide? No, but it must have been much more pressure to stay closeted back then, and that pressure lingers. However, if it was only this that stopped her from coming out, I'd criticize her, mainly because at present day she rarely directs or stars in films anymore, and it seems an easier time for celebrities to come out, as it doesn't seem to affect their careers.

    But let's not forget the second, very powerful reason, she didn't come out, or talk about her private life much at all - John Hinkley was a madman who shot Reagan and others in a desperate attempt to get Jodie to fall in love with him. Can you imagine what that must have been like for her??? She must have regretted her career in the first place that it could attract such nutcases to impress her... Then think of all the press scrutiny, when she was at Yale trying to study. Can you possibly imagine what that might have done to her, and why she's hate the press and the cult of celebrity?

    Frankly, for any other sports star, movie star or other celebrity, I'd say, suck it up and come out. For Jodie ONLY, I've said, don't worry about it dear, I understand. Madman assassin = free pass to the closet. No questions asked. Everyone just calm down, give the girl a break and even if the speech was confusing, be impressed that she did her best considering her whacky life.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jan 14, 2013 12:35:05 PM

  7. To all those demanding Ms. Foster live up to your standard for coming out...please share your coming out extravaganza with us. Just because Jodie did not come out on the cover of People magazine for your own personal gratification you get your prissy panties in a bunch! If someone doesn't confess to you in a worldwide press conference you take this as an afront to your sensibilities. Get over it. She is a notoriously private person (for good reason). Yeah, she never did a People cover story proclaiming her gayness, but she also didn't hide it. This isn't the first time she mentioned it at an awards show.

    @ChristopherM - those stars you mentioned all came out after being in the closet for most of their careers too (it was also no secret that most of them were gay). So, why do you give them a free pass?

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2013 12:49:53 PM

  8. Betty because they did come out without being coy about it. And Jodie got on stage last night and insulted them all by comparing them to a reality show mess. It was incredibly rude, and Jane Lynch looked like she was PISSED. I don't blame her at all.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jan 14, 2013 1:34:13 PM

  9. @GRAPHICJACK: No, they can't imagine anything beyond their pettiness. Being famous and in the entertainment industry apparently equals famewhore celebrity. Celebrities, in the era of Kim Kardasian, are nothing unless we get to see them having sex (or, at least, we get to hear about who they have sex with). Celebrities are for public consumption, and the cannibals on this blog are feasting. If they don't behave exactly how we want, we trounce them as we misinterpret and vilify them. And they wonder why Foster treasures privacy...

    Posted by: AZEZPAT | Jan 14, 2013 1:35:46 PM

  10. I love that she thanked her Mother and hoped that she would hear that she loved her. As someone who's lost loved ones to Alzheimers, I can tell you it is a great pain, to have their body there when their consciousness is elsewhere, forever.

    I'm sorry she's single, it's tough when you're 50 (and famous) to find true love. I hope she finds a great love. She certainly deserves it (a lot more than she deserves a lifetime achievement award - though the way Hollywood treats women it might be more honest to give them to any woman over 40).

    Thank you for your amazing work, but I don't want to say goodbye. I want to say: Nice to see you, come on in, you're welcome.

    Posted by: SoSeriouslyY | Jan 14, 2013 2:13:07 PM

  11. @Christopher: Jane Lynch always looks like she is pissed.

    Oh, it's about coyness? Not as some people go on about on here "living a lie until they got rich and famous" like Jane, Doogie and Zach did? Look, everyone knew Jodie was gay, she didn't hide it. Just because she didn't proclaim her sexuality on a magazine cover or during a sit down interview with Barbara Walters she is less worthy of your approval and the approval of the whiny schoolgirls commenting here?? Got a wakeup call for your buddy, she doesn't need it. Now go back to class before you get detention mean girl.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2013 2:16:33 PM

  12. @Azezpat: I call BS on the privacy claim. You can't trot out your kids, talk about your mother and then claim you want privacy when asked about being a lesbian. It is as disingenuous as Anderson Cooper when he would plead for privacy after having written a book about his brother's suicide.

    Betty, you make that remark about Jane Lynch and call ME a mean girl? Trick, please. When someone only claims privacy over one portion of their life like she does, it implies shame, as does this business where everyone knows but she refuses to actually say it. I work with LGBT teens who because of bullying and isolation are up to seven times more likely to attemp suicide. Frankly, I couldn't care less if she comes out. But I will always call out people who reinforce the image of shame that closet cases like her do.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jan 14, 2013 3:00:06 PM

  13. anything i want to say about this was said best, last night, by the face of Jane Lynch in a cutaway shot.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 14, 2013 3:10:01 PM

  14. I'm sorry but she is a hot mess. There are plenty of out actors who did not hold a press conference or have a reality show and it's rude to those pioneers to imply as such. And no one thinks a straight actors privacy is being breached if you simple know that they're married or are dating someone of the opposite sex. Her whole mind set is in a completely heterosexist double standard.

    Posted by: David | Jan 14, 2013 3:12:08 PM

  15. Umm Christopher, it wasn't a jab at her, that is the way she looks, that's her shtick.

    Celebrities owe you nothing. There are plenty of gay leaders or examples in your local community who you can point to who set the benchmark for coming out and living to YOUR standard. You expect too much of those in Hollywood. Here is a thought, why don't YOU set the example for those kids?

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2013 3:17:15 PM

  16. Man alive, you guys with the negative comments take PETTY to never-before-seen-heights. I thought that her speech was heartfelt and moving. She was acknowledging being gay, and she was not hedging around it, she just said it in her words. Get a life.

    Posted by: EricD. | Jan 14, 2013 3:22:12 PM

  17. I do Betty, but when there are people in the media acting as though being queer is shameful, it is difficult to combat those messages. If she can't be productive, she should have just gotten up there and thanked them for the award instead of acting like she took a hit of acid with a cat tranquilizer chaser giving her non-coming out speech.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jan 14, 2013 3:30:49 PM

  18. to Betty's point - everyone criticizing Foster is more than free to provide the URL to their own page, or youtube video, where they can put their own face and name to What Gay Is, in hopes of inspiring not only our youth, but the non-gay folks in our world who need to see more "representations" of us.

    yes, i understand and agree with a great many of the arguments about "eliteness" or "social rank", and the security a high-financial standing can afford people. a Big Safety Net, if you will.

    but if anyone commenting on here is not yet able, as an adult, to themselves put a very visible and public face out there are an LGBT person, you might want to think twice for criticizing Foster.

    you can't be mad at her for still dealing with, and grappling with, public perceptions of Identity when you're still in the same boat.

    if nothing else, i'm glad this speech happened as it will hopefully open up a greater dialogue about Coming Out in different social classes, with varying levels of privilege.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 14, 2013 3:31:05 PM

  19. Christopher: are you looking at the same video?! Jane has a smile on her face (at 3:10 in the first video above). She does NOT look like she was pissed! If you see that as a look of being pissed, maybe you need to look inward at yourself. Or, just quit making things up.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2013 3:38:44 PM

  20. If she wanted to "come out", she should have just walked onto the stage in a flannel shirt and jeans.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 14, 2013 3:56:03 PM

  21. It's nice she did but she still didn't just say "I'm gay." To each his own EXCEPT how many 14 year old girls she could have helped over the years having a role model.

    Posted by: Steve Sando | Jan 14, 2013 4:12:52 PM

  22. YUPP maybe stereotypical, petty and childish comments like that were one of the reasons she didn't make a big deal about her sexuality. Who wants to deal with buffoons like you? Maybe, just maybe she wanted to be known for her accomplishments and her body of work? Actress/director Jodie Foster, not "flannel loving, carpet munching, lezzie actress/director Jodie Foster" as ignorant buffoons the homophobes of this world will see her.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2013 4:14:34 PM

  23. @STEVE and others: why does she have to say the words "I'm gay"? She is not standing up at some AA meeting with a feeling of guilt and shame admitting she has a problem! Why do some gay people need a drama queen confession? She isn't being interrogated and admitting a crime. She's gay. Old news. In the speech last night she said she came out to her friends and family years ago, she also confirmed she had a girlfriend for some 20 years...what more do you want her to say to prove she is a lesbian? Those two words? As if using only those two words is the only way you can truly come out? She proved it last night in her speech that you can come out YOUR OWN WAY. Honestly, get over yourselves. No wonder she didn't make a big deal about her sexuality, you guys are drama with a capital D.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2013 4:26:52 PM

  24. LOL. Okay, okay, Betty. It WAS childish. But everybody's making such a big deal over this. She's hardly been in the closet. And actually, I didn't watch it (I'm surprised that many people DO watch those dumb award shows where all those self-congratulatory people are clapping for themselves), but I think (from the photos) she looks great.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 14, 2013 4:28:58 PM

  25. I think the speech was beautiful. She seemed a little bit nervous but not angry. Everybody knew for years that she is gay. She never lived a lie.

    And really: I hate it when people claim that actors who are famous have to "give up" their privacy. Some are obviously giving it up, show up on hotspots and appear wherever there is some smoke. Other you only see when the promote something. And it is their right! To be angry at the ones who don't want to give this up has a stalkerish note.

    Posted by: coexxi | Jan 14, 2013 4:47:19 PM

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