Actress Maria Bello, who most recently appeared on the big screen alongside Hugh Jackman in "Prisoners," revealed Friday that she is in a romantic relationship with a woman.
In a poignant New York Times essay, Bello detailed her own "modern family"
and wrote about what is was like coming out to the 12-year-old son she has with TV executive ex-husband Dan McDermott.
Bello, 46, first shared the moment she realized she was in love with her best friend, Clare Munn.
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"We had an immediate connection but didn’t think of it as romantic or sexual... 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. What had I been waiting for all of these years? She is the person I like being with the most, the one with whom I am most myself."
The two decided to embark on a romantic relationship but it took some time to figure out how exactly to go about telling people.
"How would it affect my son?" Bello wrote. "He trusted Clare. He loved her. He had never met most of the men I had been in love with and had no idea I had been with a woman as well."
But Jackson reacted better than Bello had hoped.
"He looked at me for what seemed like an eternity and then broke into a huge, warm smile. 'Mom, love is love, whatever you are,' he said with wisdom beyond his years."
Now, Bello, Jackson, McDermott, and Munn have created their own type of hybrid, modern family.
"So I would like to consider myself a 'whatever,' as Jackson said," Bello wrote. "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."
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