Two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, Jodie Foster, has spoken publicly for the first time about her relationship with film producer Cydeny Bernard. Although several gossip magazines have long speculated about the actressâ€™ sexual orientation, â€œThe Accusedâ€ star has always shunned the calls to discuss her private life.
The speculations over Fosterâ€™s homosexuality were validated during the Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast at Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. In her emotional speech, the 44-year-old actress revealed a vulnerable side of her as a star.
“I feel fragile, unsure, struggling to figure it all out, trying to get there even though I’m not sure where there is,â€ she said after thanking her “beautiful Cydneyâ€ who she said had stuck with her â€œthrough all the rotten and the bliss.â€
“I’ve been working in this business for 42 years and there’s no way you can do that and not be as nutty as a fruitcake,â€ Foster said.
According to reports, Foster and Bernard met on the set of the film Sommersby in 1993 and are raising Fosterâ€™s two sons, Charles, 9, and Kit, 6, at their Malibu home.
While critics are still contemplating the actressâ€™ move to reveal her relationship at this point of time, her fans have applauded her decision.
On American website Gay.com, a reader posts a comment: â€œIt is her life to live as she pleases. Why do so many gays worry about who is and who is not gay?â€
â€œWhether or not Jodie comes out is definitely her own decision, but she would provide an excellent positive role model to GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender] people everywhere. I think that is why we get excited when someone comes out,â€ writes another.
Foster is also the proud winner of two Golden Globes, three BAFTA awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award, making her one of the few select actors to have won all four major motion picture acting awards.