Jodie Foster Finally Acknowledges Her Lesbian Lover

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Jodie Foster has been pretty honest about her sexual orientation, and most people have known for a while that she is a lesbian. However, only recently has she gone the extra mile and actually acknowledged her lover in public. I wonder why the sudden change? After twenty years of keeping themselves pretty private, what could have possibly prompted Jodie to say something now? From The Daily Telegraph:

Jodie Foster has kind of shocked Hollywood by publicly acknowledging her same-sex lover of almost 20 years for the first time ever.

While Jodie‘s sexual orientation has never been a big secret, the actress has fiercely defended her privacy and has never gone public with it.

The double Oscar winner referred to her partner Cydney Bernard during a speech, after receiving an award by the Hollywood Reporter at a Power 100 breakfast earlier this week.

Jodie thanked “my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss.”

Cydney is also co-mother to their son.”

Don’t get me wrong; it’s great that Jodie Foster finally said something about Cydney, but still, why now? Why not 15 years ago? Or 19 years ago? Hey, why not stand up, and say something about her the first time she realised she was in love with her? I’m not for one minute going to sit here in awe of a woman who kept her lover a secret for twenty years. If Jodie had been married to a black man, everyone would be calling her out on it. “Finally” acknowledging her lover in public is not commendable, people. In this world, it should have happened a long time ago.

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5 comments ↓

#1 Mary on 12.14.07 at 5:38 pm

Not many of us easily open ourselves to judgement and persecution. I always respected Jodie Foster’s desire for privacy. And I so admire her for moving beyond it and sharing more of herself with the world. Thanks Jodie!!! Your one simple statement acknowledging Cydney also acknowledges me and every every other gay person on the planet.

#2 Yam on 05.15.08 at 1:11 am

I think the problems Ms Foster has had with stalkers have made her very wary of exposing too much about her life to public scrutiny. I admire her for not letting it ‘all hang out’ the way so many other far less talented celebrities do. A private life should be exactly that – PRIVATE. Probably the reason their relationship lasted this long too!

#3 Gab on 05.18.08 at 4:20 pm

How about acknowledging the era in which she first met. 20 years ago people were ignorant and unaccepting to towards same sex relationships, thanks to the Rosie’s the Ellen’s and NOW! the Jodie’s it is begining to grow ever more eccepting and respected in Hollywood and my hopes in this world of ours.

#4 cassandra on 04.28.09 at 5:15 am

you people who condemn others for not acknowledging at every turn what their sexual orientation is really make me laugh. i have had male lovers (long term) and female–and no matter what my achievement i don’t feel the need to identify them as my lover. nor shove my sexuality in everyone’s face. it is called being private. maybe you need to let EVERYONE (mary) know your business but some of us don’t. Many actors thank their “lovers” when accepting awards–they just don’t add in there–”oh, i thanked her (or him) but you need to know we have sex! didn’t want you to think i was just thanking them like all the others–i mean we do it–I a GAY!”

#5 cassandra on 04.28.09 at 5:17 am

i put “mary” in paranthesis to say “i agree” not admonish.

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