Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (May 16, 2008)


As has been widely reported all over the internet, the National Enquirer has determined that Jodie Foster and her partner of 14 years, Cydney Bernard, are ending their relationship.

According to the Enquirer‘s source, identified as "a Hollywood insider close to the star," their breakup has been kept a secret:

Right now it’s the best kept secret in Hollywood, and it’s not just because Jodie is a legend and an intensely private person, either. Because she and Cydney have been together for so many years and have two children together, the potential fallout and legal wrangling from this split could be monumental.

I can see the divorce lawyers salivating. Did anybody call Joyce Wischnia?

As points out in their crassly titled post, "Is It Splitsville For Jodie Foster And Her 14-Year Roommate?," reporting on the breakup presents a conundrum, since Foster and Bernard have never officially acknowledged that they were in a relationship to begin with. The closest Foster came to coming out was her speech at the 16th annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast last December, when she thanked “my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss” when accepting

the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award.

Foster has not issued any statements regarding the status of her relationship with Bernard, so for all we know, this could be a hoax. But the Enquirer is rarely wrong. If it is true, Jodie better watch out. Remember that L Word episode in which Bette got "meat-tagged" (ugh) after breaking up with Tina? I’m pretty sure the line for those who wish to comfort Jodie stretches around the block … a few thousand times.

So, did you know that there’s an internet reality show on called InTurn (now in its third season!) that casts aspiring soap stars for a role on As the World Turns? Yeah, neither did I. Well, a recent episode featured ATWT stars Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann, who play gay couple Luke and Noah, aka "Nuke." (Yes, there’s a gay male couple on a daytime soap! For the full scoop on Nuke, visit, or read the New York Times‘ assessment of their relationship.)

Anyway, the actors behind Nuke visited InTurn and were guest judges for a challenge in which the aspiring soap stars had to perform a first-kiss scene with a fellow contestant. Only one of the three couples was an opposite-sex couple; the other two were gay. Michael Derek and Peyton Lee fumbled their way through a gay male kiss involving some bizarre frat-boy fist-bumping, while Nell Mooney and Audra Wahhab smooched with enough sincerity to win the challenge. Watch the episode here:

Surprisingly, the episode was actually interesting, although I thought the kiss between the two women was pretty tame. It was cool, though, to see two straight guys talk about their on-screen relationship with such matter-of-factness, and none of the actors made any homophobic remarks. In fact, the two actors in the straight couple even said they wished they had been in a same-sex pairing because it would have evoked a sense of newness they were lacking.

Now, if only there could be a lesbian relationship on an actual daytime soap that didn’t devolve into a convoluted and messed-up story line sidetracked by rape and Zarf instead of just an online reality show.

— by Malinda Lo

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