She says she came out “a thousand years ago” to friends and family in her acceptance speech as this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree:
[S]he gave a speech that both wowed and confused some viewers — and also brought audience members to tears.
Foster, 50, teased the crowd by suggesting she would be coming out as gay at the awards ceremony. She ended up dancing around it — but acknowledging her sexuality — in a clever way.
“While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to say in public,” she said. “A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support. I am — single.”
“I hope you won’t be disappointed that this is not some big coming out speech,” Foster added. “I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the stone age.” She said she already came out to family and friends a long time ago.