For 35 Years, Jodie Foster Had to Hide Her Love for a Woman to Fulfill Hollywood’s Expectations. Today She is Married and Finally Happy

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The fame and public exposure experienced by many celebrities can feel like a trial. They make great efforts to conceal personal details from outsiders, including their homes, children, and other private aspects of their lives.

In pursuit of sensational news, the press frequently bombards stars with overly personal questions. Regrettably, this tactless curiosity compels artists to retreat even further into secrecy. Jodie Foster, too, found herself in this situation, spending years gradually unveiling her authentic self to the world.

The gay silence phenomenon.

A few years back, an old interview featuring Jodie Foster went viral on the internet. In the video, the journalist directly asks the 17-year-old actress, “What type of guys do you like?” Despite her tender age, the young girl maintained her composure in front of the camera and adeptly evaded the question. Nevertheless, her facial expression spoke volumes. This moment eventually acquired the name “gay silence.”

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At that juncture, Jodie recognized that it was wiser not to discuss her interests and personal life with the public. She preferred to keep such matters private and concentrate solely on her work. This approach became her steadfast strategy for many years to come.

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In the ’90s, various tabloids circulated speculations that the star of The Silence of the Lambs might be a lesbian. Nevertheless, no confirmation of this emerged, and the actress herself gracefully brushed off these tactless questions, opting to maintain one of the most private lives in Hollywood. In 1998, she welcomed her first son, followed by her second three years later. She chose to keep the identity of the children’s father traditionally discreet.

It’s time to unlock the secrets.

It’s been nearly 35 years since that interview in which a 17-year-old Foster barely dodged a reporter’s questions. In 2013, Jodie received an award for her outstanding contributions to the film industry. Moreover, she has been repeatedly called the most beautiful woman in the world. If she couldn’t openly talk about herself, then who could?

During the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, as she stood on the stage, she finally disclosed the truth to those in attendance: “I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a grand coming-out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age.”

Standing on the stage, Jodie brought up a topic that everyone in the room understood. The actress was tired of the press constantly trying to turn her personal life into a reality show. And she decided to change the rules of the game by telling the truth herself: “While I’m here being all confessional, I guess I just have just a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public.”

The star revealed that she is currently single and from 1993 to 2008 she lived with producer Sidney Bernard, with whom she had 2 sons. The actress called Sidney her best friend and thanked her for their modern family. Throughout this time, there were two people in the room who were not surprised by Foster’s speech. They were her sons, Charlie and Kit. Others in the audience were in tears. The actress’s honesty that evening touched many hearts.

Living openly.

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In the same year that Jodie Foster opened up to the world about herself, she met her love. That person was Alexandra Hedison, who had also worked as an actress in the past. She appeared in TV shows in the ’90s, but later realized it wasn’t for her and pursued photography instead.

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Alexandra was also a celebrity in her own circles. She was involved in home design, and her photographs were showcased in museums, galleries, and public and private collections around the world. In the past, she had experience dating a public figure. From 2000 to 2004, she dated Ellen DeGeneres. The TV host then got together with Portia de Rossi, with whom she is still happy to this day.

Meanwhile, Foster and Hedison led a private life, not appearing together in public, so news of their wedding came as a surprise to many. The couple got married in 2014. By the way, have you noticed that celebrities are increasingly tying the knot secretly?

And although their relationship is no longer a secret, the women rarely appeared together in public. Only at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival did they show up on the red carpet holding hands. The spouses shone with happiness and kissed each other under the flashing cameras. And in the same year, Jodie Foster received another Golden Globe, this time for her role in the movie The Mauritanian.

And just like in 2013, in her acceptance speech, the actress was once again extremely candid. She spoke via video from home, sitting next to her beloved. She began her speech by saying, “I love my wife, thank you, Alex!” And she ended it with a kiss to Hedison. As was later written, it was an “iconic display of coolness and queer joy,” the joy of finally being true to oneself.

“They are very private when they’re around people they don’t know. But when they’re together, it can be like they’re in their own world,” friends say about them. And this, perhaps, is the most important condition for a happy couple.

By the way, continuing the romantic mood, we suggest you read the love stories of Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder, Neal McDonough and Ruvé Robertson.

Preview photo credit Alan Light / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0, AA / ABACA / Abaca / East News


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