BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Jodie Foster came out without really coming out, and suggested she was retiring from acting without exactly saying so, in a long, breathless and rambling speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards.
Foster took the stage as this year’s winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, which had been announced previously.
The 50-year-old Oscar-winner for "The Silence of the Lambs" and "The Accused," who’s been protective of her private life and reluctant to discuss her sexual orientation, was coy at first. Then she stated: "I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud Š I am, uh, single," pausing for dramatic effect before that last word. "I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age."
Foster thanked Cydney Bernard, a production manager whom she identified as "my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life," her former partner of 20 years -- a relationship she never hid and from which she has two sons.
She also made it sound as if she planned to retire from acting once and for all.
But afterward, she clarified for reporters: "I could never stop acting. You’d have to drag me behind a team of horses. I’d like to be directing tomorrow. I’m more into it than I have ever been."