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Actress Jodie Foster married her girlfriend, photographer Alexandra Hedison over the weekend, according to various news reports. Her publicist would only confirm that the couple, who have been dating since last summer, had gotten married, E! Leading the life of an openly gay actor, especially one headlining Hollywood blockbusters, meant you disclosed details about your personal life with friends and family, but didn’t necessarily show up at your premieres smooching your significant other. Now, 44 years after the Stonewall Riots, society expects its celebrities to be a little more forthcoming, a la Ellen Page, who recently came out in a speech at an LGBT youth conference in Las Vegas.Foster acknowledged her sexuality in a large scale announcement for the first time in a 2013 Golden Globes acceptance speech for the Cecil B. She nervously built up to her big reveal: “I am, uh, single.” It was a wink and a nod to the fact that her sexuality was something of an open secret in Hollywood, if you could even call it that. Foster’s move was similar to that of Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, who didn’t so much come out as publicly acknowledge her longtime partner, Amber Laign, in a Facebook post about her battle with cancer last year.
I mean, I’m not really kidding, but I’m kind of kidding. But now apparently, I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with True to form, Foster, 51, declined to make a public statement about her nuptials. Before she was a successful daytime television and Oscar host, De Generes was a cautionary tale.
I hope that you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming out speech tonight because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the stone age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met. Foster, who has been in show business for 48 years, has witnessed from the inside the transformation of a business where homosexuality was — and, in some cases, still is — something to be shushed and hidden away to the point of covering it up with fake marriages.
It was still a big deal when he formally came out in 2012.
Cooper told Andrew Sullivan, “It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid.
This is distressing because it is simply not true.” In her speech, Foster also recognized Cydney Bernard, her former partner of 20 years, and their children together.
Jodie Foster was – and still is – the talk of Sunday’s Golden Globes. De Mille award Sunday night, the notoriously private actress very publicly thanked, “one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, (her) confessor, ski buddy, , most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard,” who was in the audience with their two sons.
As the camera panned to Charles, 14, and Kit, 12, who looked on to their mom adoringly, many fans apparently missed Foster’s remarks about privacy and quickly started to want to know more about the family.
In fact, “Jodie foster sons” was one of the most searched terms on Yahoo!
on the night of the Golden Globes, as well as the next morning.
Jodie and Cydney Bernard split in 2008 after 15 years together, although they share joint custody of their two sons.
While there clearly is no bad blood between the exes, the question about the boys’ biological father remains at large.