At Golden Globes, Jodie Foster comes out ... as 'single'

News of who won or lost at Sunday night's Golden Globes was temporarily dwarfed by Jodie Foster's acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award -- it was, by turns, impassioned, defiant, cheeky, tearful, angry and, in the end, still somewhat coded.

After decades of dodging comment about her sexuality, the actress chose the awards ceremony to make a statement -- sort of.

"It's time to get it out there and say it out loud," Foster said. "I am . . . single."

Foster suggested that those who knew her understood her -- "I already did my coming out back a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age," she said cryptically -- and insisted that her performances would have to satisfy a public that demanded to know all about its celebrities. "I have given everything up there from the time I was three years old," she said. She also asked viewers to consider how far from "a normal life" hers has been. "Maybe then, you, too, would understand the value of privacy," she said.

She also thanked her "soul sister" and former companion Cydney Bernard, and acknowledged her two children, who sat watching from the audience. "I am so proud of our modern family," Foster said.

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