Despite the fact that she grew up in front of the eyes of her audience, the private life of actress Jodie Foster has always been hidden from the public.
Her successful career in film, which started when she was still just a child, spans many years during which she landed plenty of iconic roles. She had her big breakthrough when she was only 12 years old and played a child prostitute in Martin Scorsese’s 1976 film, Taxi Driver.
Foster has won two Academy Awards as well as three Golden Globes. At the 70th Golden Globe Awards in 2013, she received the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award for her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
Besides being a famous actress and a director, The Silence of the Lambs star is also a mother of two.
Over the years, there were plenty of speculations regarding Foster’s sexuality and people couldn’t help but wonder who she had her sons with.
It took Foster many years to reveal the truth about herself, or to be precise, it took 35 years from the interview she gave as a 17-year-old teenager who was asked about her preference of man to reveal that she was in fact attracted to women.
During the interview in question, Foster was supposed to give an answer to the question “What kinda fellas do you like?” She didn’t lose her composure, but it was her facial expressions that made people question whether she was even into men at all.
The truth was that she was afraid for her career. She was waiting for the right time to open up about her sexuality and she decided that her 2013 award acceptance speech was the perfect moment. As she took the stage, Foster said, “I hope 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.”
She then continued, saying, “While I’m here being all confessional, I guess I just have just a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public.”
Foster revealed that she was dating producer Sidney Bernard from 1993 to 2008 and she had both her sons, Kit and Charlie, with her.
Listening to her talking about her private life didn’t leave a single dry eye in the audience.
In 2014, after a year of dating, Foster married photographer Alexandra Hedison who used to be an actress but didn’t think it was the right career choice for her.
Hedison used to date Ellen DeGeneres. They were a couple from 2000 to 2004 and even considered adopting a child together, but split shortly after.
Foster and Hedison are rarely seen together in public. In fact, the two have just a few red carpet appearances together, with their most recent one at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
When Foster won Golden Globe for her performance in The Mauritanian, she gave her acceptance speech from home via a video and with Hedison right by her side. “I love my wife, thank you, Alex!” she said as she kissed her wife.
We are so happy Jodie Foster now lives her life as her true self.
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