Jodie Foster at the Golden Globes: Did she come out as gay?

Jodie Foster spoke Jan. 13, 2013, at the Golden Globe Awards. (AP photo)

Did Jodie Foster come out during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards? Or did she suggest she was retiring to protect her privacy?

Foster spoke at length Sunday during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award.

“I just have the sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public, so a declaration that I’m a little nervous about,” Foster said.

The 50-year-old Foster went on:

“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 1,000 years ago back in the stone age in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met.”

Before lamenting the loss of privacy in Hollywood, Foster thanked Cydney Bernard: “one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life.”

(Watch the speech in its entirety here.)

Foster’s name began trending on Twitter, and someone immediately edited Wikipedia to say Foster announced a retirement.

She didn’t really clarify backstage, calling it a “big moment” but not explaining what she meant: “The speech kind of speaks for itself.”

Meanwhile, media across the country tried to interpret her speech:

  • “Jodie Foster Wows Golden Globes with Speech,” a ABCNews blogger wrote.
  • “Jodie Foster comes out and maybe retires,” The Advocate wrote.
  • “Jodie Foster Kinda Comes Out at the Golden Globes,” wrote TMZ, which called it a speech that “defies explanation.”
  • “‘Les Miz,’ ‘Argo’ win Golden Globes; Jodie Foster is talk of show,” the L.A. Times wrote.

Foster at least cleared up one thing backstage. LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman tweeted: