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Jodie Foster Comes Out, Retires From Acting

Jodie Foster Comes Out, Defends PrivacyJodie Foster Comes Out, Defends Privacy

Jodie Foster quit two things Sunday: Acting, and keeping her sexuality a secret.

The actress came out in a Golden Globes speech in which she defended her decision to keep her private life private for most of her career and thanked her former partner, Cydney Bernard.

Foster's sexuality has been an open secret for years. But the two-time Oscar winner for best actress also dropped a bigger bombshell: That she will stop acting.

Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, she said that she came out to the people she is close to "about a thousand years ago."

The 50-year-old actress said she opted not to go public until now because she had spent 47 years in the spotlight and valued her privacy.

"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," she joked.

Foster made the announcements at the end of a somewhat rambling speech. It soon became apparent that she had been stalling before breaking her personal news.

When it came, it was at first confusing.

"I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud… I am, uh, single," she said, to laughter.

She added that she was "kidding, but not really kidding." And then she said she had to make a declaration that she was "a little nervous about."

She came out by thanking Bernard, after explaining that she didn't come out because she had been a public figure since she was a toddler and didn't want to share her personal life with the world.

"I am not Honey Boo Boo Child," she said.

More to come...