She did so in a speech that had moments of clarity and very touching thank you's to those she loved.
Foster was on the stage to accept this year's winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, which was announced before the awards ceremony .
However, her acceptance speech was anything but expected as the polished actress garnered control of the room. The crowd of stars quieted down as it became very clear that she had something very important that she wanted to say
The 50-year-old with award winning Oscars for "The Silence of the Lambs" and "The Accused," has been mostly protective of her private life. It was apparent that she was nervous and a bit reluctant to discuss her sexual orientation.
She suggested that her big announcement that would make her publicist nervous. She then stated: "I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud ... I am, uh, single,". "I hope you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age."
Foster joked that celebrities are now expected to reveal they're gay "with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show. And you guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. No. I'm sorry. That's just not me. It never was and it never will be. But please don't cry, because my reality show would be so boring."
She went on to add: "If you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you'd had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you, too, might value privacy above all else."
She thanked Cydney Bernard, her production manager and introduced her as "my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life,". The two had a relationship of 20 years, something she never hid, in which she has two sons.
Everyone is left with that burning question, as to why she chose this venue to expose these things about her private life. We can all speculate but, the speech speaks for itself.