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Jodie Foster thanks "my beautiful Cydney"

Wed 12 Dec 2007 In: International News View at Wayback

After year of rumours about her sexuality, Hollywood leading lady Jodie Foster has publicly acknowledged Cydney Bernard - widely believed to be her partner - in a recent entertainment award speech. Jodie Foster On receiving the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the 16th annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast in Beverly Hills last week, she thanked "my beautiful Cydney, who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss," in her speech. "I feel fragile… unsure, struggling to figure it all out, trying to get there even though I'm not sure where there is," Foster said. "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." Foster, 45, and Bernard are thought to have been seeing each other for 15 years and are raising Foster's two children together, but the star has always resisted pressure from media to talk about her private life. When the US 'Out' magazine put Foster on their cover recently - with an article 'The Glass Closet: Why Stars Won't Come Out And Play', her response was a firm "no comment". New Zealanders gave their opinions on whether Jodie Foster's sexuality matters today on the NZ Herald website. "I think she's a talented actress," said Kotahiwahine of Napier. "She is entitled to her privacy." Another commenter said "Good on her for managing to keep her private life to herself for 14 years." Sarah T, typing from the UK, said: "It's about time Jodie Foster 'came out' as a positive role model for young lesbians. As a lesbian and a mother of a 19-month-old son, I am very pleased that Jodie has been honest with the public and her fans."    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 12th December 2007 - 12:40pm

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