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Jodie Foster's coming out speech at Golden Globes gets mixed reviews


BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Actress Jodie Foster receives the Cecil B. Demille Award on stage during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.


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Actress Jodie Foster's "coming out" speech at the Golden Globe Awards has been receiving mixed reviews.

Foster, who accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, gave a rambling speech about her need for privacy while confessing she is gay and hinted she might retire from acting.

"I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud ... I am, uh, single," Foster said. "I hope you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age."

Foster thanked Cydney Bernard, whom she named as "my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life," and mentioned her two sons, who were visible at Sunday's awards ceremony, according to the Associated Press.

The Wall Street Journal's Eric Sasson called the speech "disappointing" and that “it seems a bit less than gracious, and something of a stretch, for Foster to conflate the public’s desire to know her orientation with a fragrance-toting, prime-time-reality-show-mugging celebrity culture.”

Ricky Martin, who also recently revealed he was gay, was among the celebrities who responded on Twitter:


AP, "I could never stop acting. You'd have to drag me behind a team of horses. I'd like to be directing tomorrow. I'm more into it than I have ever been."