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Jodie Foster kept a secret about herself from the public for more than 35 years

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Jodie Foster, a renowned actress known for her roles in classics like “Taxi Driver,” has had a remarkable journey of self-discovery and openness. Starting her career in the 1960s, Foster quickly became a familiar face in Hollywood.

However, for many years, she kept her personal life away from the public eye, especially regarding her sexual orientation, a move common among LGBTQ entertainers of the time who feared career repercussions.

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In an old interview from when she was 17, Foster was asked about her preference in men. She skillfully avoided the answer, but her reaction sparked discussions that lasted for years. Throughout the 1990s, speculation about her sexuality was rampant, yet Foster chose to remain private, not responding to rumors.

1998 marked a significant year for Foster as she welcomed her first son, followed by a second son three years later. It wasn’t until 2013, during an award acceptance speech, that she opened up publicly. Foster hinted at her coming out years ago and revealed her long-term relationship with producer Sidney Bernard, with whom she shares her sons.

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Further embracing her truth, Foster later shared about her relationship with Alexandra Hedison, an actress turned photographer. Hedison, known in home design and art circles, had previously dated Ellen DeGeneres. Foster and Hedison kept their relationship and 2014 marriage private, maintaining their low-profile lifestyle.

Despite their preference for privacy, Foster and Hedison made a public appearance at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, openly displaying their affection. That same year, Foster won a Golden Globe for “The Mauritanian” and affectionately acknowledged her wife in her acceptance speech.

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Foster’s journey from guarded privacy to open acknowledgment of her true self is inspiring. She now lives freely, unafraid to share her love and life with the world. Her story is a testament to the changing times and the power of living authentically.