Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes show Sunday night, plans to tell her two sons who their father is when they turn 21.
The very private actress, 50, openly discussed her sexuality and made a moving tribute to her former girlfriend and co-parent Cydney Bernard during her acceptance speech at the Globes show.
Foster’s sons, Charles, 14, and Kit, 12, whose paternity has never been revealed.
Reverend Beverly Bates, 75, revealed that her son, the late Hollywood producer Randy Stone, who is rumored to be father of the boys treated them as if they were his own.
Bates revealed, “Randy told me that Jodie said she’ll tell the boys who their father is when they’re 21. He said he could never tell me because Jodie was his best friend. He said ‘mom, I can’t discuss this with you’. He told me he had had to sign documents, it was a secret he took to his grave, that was how much he loved Jodie. He said ‘I can’t break my promise to Jodie’ – and he kept his promise to her.”
Jodie opened up about her private life while accepting the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles, while her boys and Cydney, 59, looked on from the audience.
Jodie Foster remained close with Randy, an Oscar and Emmy winning producer and prominent gay rights activist, up until his death from heart failure in February 2007.
Beverly added, “I would love to know if Randy is the boys’ father, I personally think he gave Jodie the gift, but she will never tell me. And Randy made an agreement with Jodie that he would never tell. I know the boys have red hair and freckles, that’s not from our family – but Jodie’s side.
“To the boys he was ‘Uncle Randy’. He took them everywhere with him and cared for them as if they were his own. When Jodie went away on location, he moved in and helped Cyd look after them. He was their father figure.”
At Sunday evening’s awards show, Jodie left many in the crowd in tears during her speech.
She said, “I guess I just have just a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public. [It's] a declaration that I’m a little nervous about – but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now. I’m just going to put it out there – loud and proud. I’m single.”
Jodie Foster thanked her “heroic co-parent, my ex partner in love, but righteous soul sister in life. My confessor… most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. ‘Thank you, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit who are my reason to breathe and to evolve. … Boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, like all of this, this song is for you.”
Jodie and Cydney met in 1993 on the set of the film “Sommersby” and had two sons. They split in May 2008 after 14 years together.
Speaking about Jodie’s speech, Randy’s mother said, “Randy would be so proud of Jodie.”