Jodie Foster has found love with TV host Ellen Degeneres' ex-girlfriend, according to a report. The Silence of the Lambs star has been linked to photographer Alexandra Hedison, who dated DeGeneres for three years until they split in 2004.
According to E! News, the pair has been dating since the beginning of the summer (13).
A source says, "It's pretty serious. They're totally in love."
Foster finally confirmed longrunning speculation she is a lesbian in January (13) at the Golden Globe awards when she was presented with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award.
She used her acceptance speech to thank her ex-partner Cydney Bernard, with whom she has two sons, Charles and Kit.
Foster said, "There is no way I could stand here tonight without acknowledging one of the greatest loves of my life. My ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my most beloved BFF (best friend forever) of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. I am so proud of our modern family."
Actress Jodie Foster used her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (13Jan13) to seemingly confirm longrunning speculation she is a lesbian.
The Panic Room star was honoured with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award at the 70th annual prizegiving in Los Angeles, and as she stepped up to the podium to collect the lifetime achievement prize, she moved members of the star-studded crowd to tears as she addressed her sexual orientation in public for the first time.
She said, "A big coming out speech tonight... I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her. To everyone she actually met. 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 primetime reality show...
"I'm sorry, that's just not me and it never will be. But please support me because my reality show would be so boring. I would have to make out with Marion Cotillard, (and) spank Daniel Craig's bottom just to stay on the air. But seriously, if you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler. If you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal, then maybe then too you'd value privacy about all else.
"Someday in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was. I have given everything up there since the time that I was three years old and that's a reality show enough, don't you think. Love people and stay beside them. There is no way I could stand here tonight without acknowledging one of the greatest loves of my life. My ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my most beloved BFF (best friend) of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. I am so proud of our modern family."
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So, remember that time that the incredibly private, worst-secret-keeper in Hollywood, Ms. Jodie Foster, came out while also (maybe) admitting that she's no longer going to be acting on stages while accepting an award at the Golden Globes? No? Well, you should — because it just happened, right now.
That's right, arguably one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood, Foster's oft-discussed sexuality was revealed by Foster herself while the actress accepted the Cecil B. DeMile Lifetime Achievement Award for her 47 years in the Hollywood spotlight. Jodie Foster is a lesbian, you guys!
Though the admission is not technically her first. At the Women in Entertainment Breakfast on December 4, 2007, Foster thanked "my beautiful Cyndey," prompting many to take this admission of her relationship with a partner as her official "Coming Out."
Foster's speech was at first seemingly a fake-out — the actress began her time on stage by acknowledging how angry her publicist was about to be with her, and ruminating about a "big secret" people had been wondering about for "years." The audience on-screen and off waited while Foster announced, "I'm single," to a stifled and knowing laugh from everyone at the Beverly Hilton Sunday night. "While I'm here feeling confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I've never been able to air in public," Foster said. "I'm just going to put it out there loud and proud, right? I'm going to need your support on this. I am, uh, single."
Foster went on to note what was no doubt a palpable feeling in the room: Would Foster make a grand, long-awaited coming out speech? Nope. "There won't be a big coming out speech tonight," Foster explained. "Because I already did my coming out, about a thousand years ago, in the stone age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to friends, family, coworkers, and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met."
Foster went on to lambast how celebrities have chosen to reveal their sexuality over the past decade: "Now, apparently, I'm told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a prime time reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child."
In a weirdly uncomfortable speech filled with references to living your life in the public eye, Foster seemed to rally against the idea of famous gay people publicly coming out. The speech instantly caused Twitter near-meltdown amongst comedians, writers, and fans alike. Most seemed deeply confused by the star's seemingly conflicted ideas of wanting to be both deeply understood while also maintaining strict privacy.
"But seriously, if you have been a public figure from the time when you were a toddler, if you had to fight for life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe then you too might value privacy above all else," Foster warned. "Privacy. Someday, in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful this once was. I have given everything up there from the time I was three years old — that's a reality show enough."
Foster went on to acknowledge her former girlfriend Cydney Bernard and their two children, explaining their love and support has given her the life she's always wanted — away from the spotlight. "There's no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging 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, Cydney Bernard. ... I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit, who are my reason to breathe and to evolve, my blood and soul. And boys, in case you didn't know it, this song, all of this, this song is for you. This brings me to the greatest influence of my life, my amazing mother Evelyn. Mom, I know you're inside those blue eyes somewhere and there are so many things you won't understand tonight, but this is the only important one to take in. I love you, I love you, I love you. And I hope that if I say this three times, it will magically and perfectly enter into your soul, fill you with grace and the joy of knowing that you did good in this life. You're a great mom. Please take that with you when you're finally okay to go."
In a moment that felt especially apt given the at-times rambling and confusing speech, Foster warned her sons about the potential backlash against her choice to step out of the closet, saying that "sometimes your mom loses it too. I can't help but get moody, you know? This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else. Scary and exicting. And know what? Well, I will never be up on the stage again, or any stage for that matter. Change, you gotta love it. I will continue to tell stories to move people by being moved, the greatest job in the world. it's just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick, and maybe it won't be as sparkly. Maybe it won't open on 3,000 screens. Maybe it will be so quiet and delicate, only dogs can hear it whistle. But it will be my writing on the wall."
Her final thought for the night? A bizarrely melancholy one, to be frank. "Jodie Foster was here. I still am. And I want to be seen and understood deeply, and to be not so very lonely." Check out the full speech below.
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Actress Jodie Foster is facing fresh speculation over her sexuality after paying tribute to "my beautiful Cydney" at a recent Hollywood awards ceremony.
The Oscar winner, 44, appeared to confess her love for film producer Cydney Bernard in her acceptance speech after being presented with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the Women In Entertainment breakfast in Los Angeles last week.
She told the crowd at the Beverly Hills Hotel, "(Thank you to) my beautiful Cydney, who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss."
Foster has, in the past, refused to talk about her private life, even refusing to comment on rumors her two sons--Charles, 9, and Kit, 6--were conceived via a sperm donor.
But a close friend of the star believes Foster decided to 'come out' because she no longer fears the effect her sexual orientation could have on her Hollywood career.
The pal says, "I think Jodie just wanted to thank one of the most important people in her life. She wants to be treated like everybody else and has been in movies long enough not to be unduly worried about the effect it's going to have on her career."
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