Maria Bello Comes Out in NYT

Actress is in a relationship with another woman

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 2, 2013 8:54 AM CST

(Newser) – This week's "Modern Love" column in the New York Times is a little different than the norm: It's by Maria Bello, and in it, the actress describes what it was like to come out to her 12-year-old son, Jackson. Bello is currently in a relationship with a woman named Clare, who had already been Bello's best friend for years and "like a godmother to my son" before they decided to become romantic partners. Her son's response upon hearing the news: "Mom, love is love, whatever you are."

Bello describes her "modern family" in the column: Clare is not her only partner, a word Bello finds hard to define. Most nights, she, her son, Clare, and her son's father are having dinner together. She still considers her son's father a partner, as well as her more recent ex-boyfriend. "So I would like to consider myself a 'whatever,' as Jackson said," Bello writes. "Whomever I love, however I love them, whether they sleep in my bed or not, or whether I do homework with them or share a child with them, 'love is love.'" Click for her full column. (Olympic diver Tom Daley also came out today.)

Actress Maria Bello arrives at Elyse Walker’s The Pink Party 2013 at Hangar 8 at the Santa Monica Airport on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Santa Monica, Calif. .
Actress Maria Bello arrives at Elyse Walker’s The Pink Party 2013 at Hangar 8 at the Santa Monica Airport on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Santa Monica, Calif. .   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actress Maria Bello laughs during the press conference for Prisoners at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.
Actress Maria Bello laughs during the press conference for "Prisoners" at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Galit Rodan)
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