Maria Bello, 46, has revealed that she is dating a woman.
The actress penned a column called “Coming Out as a Modern Family” in the New York Times on Friday, sharing the moment she opened up about love life to her 12-year-old son Jackson.
Jackson was curious if his mom wasn’t telling him something, growing suspicious of her relationship.
The actress wrote, “This was the moment I had been anticipating and dreading for months. I took a deep breath, knowing that my answer, and his response, would have an impact on our lives for a very long time.”
“I was with someone romantically and I hadn’t told him,” she admitted. “I had become involved with a woman who was my best friend, and, as it happens, a person who is like a godmother to my son.”
Just a year ago, the “Grown Ups” and “Coyote Ugly” actress, gave a relationship with her best friend a chance.
“I read about the handful of men and the one woman I had been in romantic relationships with, passages rife with pain and angst. It seemed when I was physically attracted to someone, I would put them in the box of being my ‘soul mate’ and then be crushed when things didn’t turn out as I had hoped,” she wrote.
“As I continued to look through photos, I came across a black-and-white one of my best friend and me taken on New Year’s Eve. We looked so happy, I couldn’t help but smile,” she added. “It didn’t occur to me, until that soul-searching moment in my garden, that we could perhaps choose to love each other romantically.”
Bello tried to figure out the relationship with the woman, Clare, while they met up in New York. Their friendship eventually turned romantic.
The “Prisoners” actress was scared about revealing the news to her “traditional” family, but said the conversation turned out well.
Maria Bello was previously in a longtime relationship with television executive Dan McDermott. They welcomed Jackson together in 2001.
The actress wrote, “Jack’s father, Dan, will always be my partner because we share Jack. Dan is the best father and the most wonderful man I’ve known. Just because our relationship is nonsexual doesn’t make him any less of a partner. We share the same core values, including putting our son first. My more recent ex, Bryn, remains my partner because we share our activism. And Clare will always be my partner because she is also my best friend.”
— maria bello (@maria_bello) November 30, 2013
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