Maria Bello Comes Out, Reveals Gay Romance In New York Times Essay

12/02/2013 09:00 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Actress Maria Bello came out as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in a New York Times piece titled "Coming Out as a Modern Family."

In the essay published Nov. 29, the actress described how she first told her 12-year-old son, Jackson, that she was in a lesbian relationship. The talk came about a year after Bello had embarked on a romantic relationship with her best friend, Clare Munn, a new media executive, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"We had an immediate connection but didn’t think of it as romantic or sexual," the "Prisoners" star wrote. "She was one of the most beautiful, charming, brilliant and funny people I had ever met, but 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 had previously been in relationships with one woman and a handful of men, including TV executive Dan McDermott, the father of her son, Us Weekly noted. Last year, she claimed she had only ever been on one actual date.

When she decided to begin a journey with Clare, she was worried about how it would affect her work and her son. But Jackson was fine with it. “Mom, love is love, whatever you are,” he told her.

She continued:

So I would like to consider myself a “whatever,” as Jackson said. 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.” And I love our modern family. Maybe, in the end, a modern family is just a more honest family.

The 46-year-old posted an adorable snapshot of her adorable fam to Twitter Friday.

Bello is the latest celebrity to come out in recent weeks. Olympic Diver Tom Daley revealed he is in a relationship with a a man, but still "fancies" women, in a YouTube video posted Monday. Last month, "30 Rock" actor Maulik Pancholy came out as gay during an interview with Out magazine.

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