Did Jodie Foster reveal one of Hollywood's worst-kept secrets?
Published Monday, January 14, 2013 6:49AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:29AM EST
Addressing Hollywood’s biggest stars at the 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony Sunday night, Jodie Foster said she’s ‘loud and proud’ in a speech that has left many wondering: did she just come 'out of the closet'?
The veteran actress suggested she had a big announcement when she took to the stage to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
"I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud ... I am, uh, single," pausing for dramatic effect. "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 said she “opened up” years ago to trusted family, friends and co-workers, then “gradually and proudly,” to everyone who knew her personally.
“But now apparently I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honour the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a prime-time reality show,” she quipped. “My reality show would be so boring.”
The 50-year-old has been reluctant to discuss her sexual orientation in the past and she used much of her stage-time at the Globes to discuss the value of privacy.
“If you had been a public figure from the time you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and normal and honest against all odds, then maybe you, too, would value privacy above all else,” she said.
Backstage, when asked why she chose a public forum to discuss her private life, she told reporters:
"The speech kind of speaks for itself. ... It's a big moment. I wanted to say what's most in my heart."
The ambiguous speech sent the Twitter world abuzz, with some celebrities praising Foster for her “moving” words, while others were left confused.
Comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted: “Yep, the Jodie Foster speech got me. Well done Lady.”
Openly gay TV personality Rosie O’Donnell wrote: “jodie foster – rather amazing speech” and actress Emmy Rossum tweeted that the speech was an “inspiration.”
eTalk’s Ben Mulroney said while Foster’s speech was the most memorable and talked-about moment of the show, it’s still not clear what the Oscar winner meant to convey.
“I don't know what that speech was, and depending on who you were, you heard different things,” Mulroney told CTV’s Canada AM on Monday. “Some people found it to be an exceptionally inspiring speech. I was more confused than anything else.”
He continued: “All I know is she had complete control over her speech and those were the words that she wanted to say. Everybody heard her, I just don't know that everybody understood.”