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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. to justathought's point - i'm obsessed with jon stewart. i get OFF to the daily show. and all i know about him is that he's married and has kids. that's about all.

    i think of being a closeted gay kid in schools. many in teaching professions choose to keep that part of them a secret. that part being a secret didn't help me at age 11. i was the school f@g. seeing a living example of Another Gay Person could have been a great thing for me back then.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 14, 2013 8:13:11 PM

  2. although be fair, "justathough", she thanked her then-partner back in 2007.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 14, 2013 8:14:38 PM

  3. JUSTATHOUGHT: She did acknowledge her girlfriend specifically and by name and talked about her at an awards show 6 years ago! Where were you? How do you know that in the years prior Jodie didn't mention her in a casual way in acceptance speeches and nobody outside of Hollywood knew who she was? Or, maybe the woman just didn't WANT to be publicly acknowledged? Maybe she didn't want to be in the spotlight or was in the closet herself. Some partners, gay or straight, shun the limelight because they're not the ones who got in to showbiz!! Why do you people assume it was all on Jodie? If they are both private people, Jodie may have been respecting her wishes. You all seem to think you know the intimate details of their lives just because you watch TMZ.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2013 8:19:49 PM

  4. ..and afterwards Jodie peeled out of there in her truck...

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 14, 2013 8:20:09 PM

  5. That may have also been the reason why the girlfriend was not in any of the family pictures...or "picturegate" that one of the posters keeps crying about.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2013 8:21:30 PM

  6. Again Yupp? Get a life.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2013 8:22:11 PM

  7. (okay, sorry...Betty...)

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 14, 2013 8:22:49 PM

  8. How was that NOT coming out? I don't understand what planet people are on. Maybe she DID have a few drinks. Maybe she DID feel hostile and judged. She's allowed to have privacy. It doesn't matter what profession she chose. I think she probably DID feel persecuted by the gay media which for years has been vilifying her for not coming out and saying what everyone already new. Lay off people. She wants to have a new experience, that was obvious. She's one of us and always has been. Love.

    Posted by: jeffinla | Jan 14, 2013 11:16:20 PM

  9. Seems people want thing to be neat and clean and tied up in pretty bows. Life just isn't like that- nor or people. Strong people do things their way, whether those ways are understood by all or not. Jodie Foster's speech was more than a coming out speech. It was a look back on a 43-year career, a thank you to her mother, and, yes, a coming out speech. She did it her way. It was quite obvious to me that she came out. Is there one person who didn't know she was gay after her well-publicized divorce? Seriously, everyone in Hollywood knew she was a lesbian living with a woman with two children. Why is it that everyone expects someone to come out with the exclamation, "I AM GAY."? Way to go, Jodie! Stick to your guns. For one, I appreciate your maintenance of your character and your privacy.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Jan 15, 2013 9:47:30 AM

  10. I basically agree with Not. And I love Jodie Foster as an actress and as a person she's obviously very smart and she's 50 but looks like she's in her 30's......BUT, I still can hardly stand those award shows. You'd think they were all Nobel Prize winners in the Medicine categories in that room of concentrated self-important smugness.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 15, 2013 10:09:34 AM

  11. Yupp is the expert on self-important smugness.

    Posted by: DAN | Jan 15, 2013 12:24:54 PM

  12. Yeah, Dan, I was sitting at Mel Gibson's table, grinning up at Jodie with tears in my eyes and pretending no Jews were in the room.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 15, 2013 12:33:27 PM

  13. So THAT's what this is all about! This has nothing to do with the way she came out. Got it.

    Posted by: DAN | Jan 15, 2013 2:04:03 PM

  14. Unbelievable! When Jodie comes out at an awards show (again) by confirming what was already known but without saying those two magic words that has become your standard..."I'm gay"...the drama queen nails came out and you're all over her saying she truly didn't come out and you vilify her and take her speech out of context! When Victor Garber confirms he is gay but does not say those words "I'm gay" you're all excited and praising him. When Matt Dallas came out last week he did not say, "I'm gay", but let everyone know by tweeting a pic of his fiance, you guys couldn't welcome the little hottie to your club faster! Not one of you posted saying you needed to hear the words's "I'm gay" out of his mouth.

    You threw a pride parade in Victor and Matt's honor, Jodie was kicked to the curb. What an absolute disgusting display of a double standard. This community preaches and asks people not to judge us and to accept us, but some of you are the first to the front of the line when it comes to judging others, especially one of our own. It's sad when we tear down a fellow gay person in a catty, childish display because they didn't live up to your own definition of how to live. You are no better than a schoolyard bully. It's no wonder why some people stay in the closet especially those in the public eye. Not only do they have to face bigots in the heterosexual world, but have to deal with those in the gay community who act like a bunch of judgemental highschoolers. Forget it.

    Posted by: DAN | Jan 15, 2013 8:03:57 PM

  15. And the Mean Girls suddenly get quiet.

    Posted by: DAN | Jan 16, 2013 12:31:48 PM

  16. Jodie is still playing games with the public. Even Mel Gibson seemed confused by her long, rambling monologue. And by the way, any gay person(or person,period)who has Mel for a close friend has a few screws loose. Jodie still lives in La La Land.

    Posted by: Dave From Canada | Jan 19, 2013 10:08:33 PM

  17. She talked about her "ex-partner and co-parent of 20 years and" and called HER (Cydney)by name etc..What the Hell people? Is there only ONE "right" way to "announce" being gay? Why have I not heard ONE person (here or at Queerty) yet talk about the many reasons this "speech" may have sounded a little "off" the fact that she's ALONE (no partner now) and she's FIFTY (not exactly a GREAT age to be a woman in Hollywood)and her Mom is obviously gravely ill (we'll probably read of her death this year)and she DOES value her privacy (something stars USED to have gay or straight) and she simply sounds very depressed for several understandable reasons. WHO has not known for YEARS that she is a lesbian? Why is it even a "MUST" for every gay actor or entertainer to have a public "outing" anyway? Shouldn't the choice of when, where, how and even IF, be up to the individual? I admire her as a strong, talented and intelligent PERSON. Period.And I wish love and happiness in her personal life as well. It's as simple as that.

    Posted by: RedRoseQueen1 | Jan 19, 2013 11:43:34 PM

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