The rest of the world may have been caught unawares by Jodie Foster’s announcement, of sorts, at Sunday’s Golden Globes, but for her two sons Charles, 14, and Kit, 12, it was old news. Something they apparently don’t know is the identity of their father, which the mother of Foster’s late best friend claims the actress/director will reveal when they turn 21.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, the Reverend Beverly Bates, mother of the late Hollywood producer and gay rights activist Randy Stone, who is rumored to be the boys’ real father, said that her son treated the boys as his own.
“Randy told me that Jodie said she’ll tell the boys who their father is when they’re 21,” said Bates. “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.”
Foster was close to Stone up until his death from heart failure in February 2007, referring to him as her best friend at that year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
According to the Mail, Stone had long persuaded Foster to come out and she was persuaded after attending a Christmas gala in 2007 benefiting a charity started by Stone to help gay teens contemplating suicide. She thanked her “beautiful Cydney,” her then-partner of 13 years at Hollywood’s annual Entertainment Power 100 breakfast, as a way of honoring Stone.
“She has always been intensely private and gone to extraordinary lengths to keep her relationship with Cydney a secret. But he felt that she should come out, because it might offer help to young people struggling with their sexuality,” said one of Foster’s associates.
“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, ” Bates added. “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.”