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While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award Sunday night, the notoriously private actress very publicly thanked, "one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, (her) confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard," who was in the audience with their two sons.As the camera panned to Charles, 14, and Kit, 12, who looked on to their mum adoringly, many fans apparently missed Foster's remarks about privacy and quickly started to want to know more about the family.
In fact, "Jodie foster sons" was one of the most searched terms on Yahoo! on the night of the Golden Globes, as well as the next morning.
Jodie and Cydney Bernard split in 2008 after 15 years together, although they share joint custody of their two sons. While there clearly is no bad blood between the exes, the question about the boys' biological father remains at large.For years, the media has widely speculated that late Hollywood producer Randy Stone (Jodie's BFF) was the boys' biological father. His mum, Reverend Beverly Bates, 75, told the The Daily Mail in a new interview on Tuesday, that her late son treated Jodie's boys as if they were his own.
"Randy told me that Jodie said she'll tell the boys who their father is when they're 21," Stone explained. "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."
Talking to The Daily Mail from her home in Hawaii, Rev. 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... 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."
Although many refer to Sunday's awards show as Foster's "coming out speech," Jodie publicly acknowledged Cydney for the first time at the 16th annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast back in 2007.
Jodie still greatly values her family's privacy – she made that clear in her speech at the 2013 Globes – so, until her eldest son does indeed turn 21... and only if he chooses to speak then – we may never know the true identity of their biological father.
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