In a frank, emotional and occasionally baffling speech, Jodie Foster (pictured) spoke publicly about her sexuality for the first time as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles.
Ms Foster announced to the assembled Hollywood dignitaries that she was single, before explaining: "I already did my big coming out about a thousand years ago . . . in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, co-workers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone".
Now, she went on, "every celebrity is expected to honour the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a reality show."
During the speech, the 50-year-old actor and director acknowledged her former partner Cydney Bernard, whom she described as "one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years".
That Ms Foster is gay has been known for years, but she had not spoken about it publicly, aside from making a tribute to Ms Bernard in a speech in 2007. Ms Bernard, a film producer, was at the ceremony watching Ms Foster's speech with the couple's two sons, Charlie (14) and Kit (11). Drawing tears from audience members, Ms Foster also paid tribute to her mother, Evelyn " Brandy" Foster, who suffers from dementia.
Ms Foster is the youngest woman ever to receive the award, which recognises "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment". Some took her speech to be an announcement of her retirement, but she later denied this. (© Independent News Service)