Actress Maria Bello has revealed she is gay, and in a relationship with a woman, Bello penned a first-person piece in the New York Times.
The actress, famous for her roles in “Coyote Ugly” and “Grown Ups”, revealed that she has been in a long time relationship with her best friend Clare.
Bello began by recalling a conversation with her 12-year-old son Jackson whom she had from her relationship with TV executive Dan McDermott. Jackson wondered if there was something that she was not telling him. “This was the moment I had been anticipating and dreading for months,” Bello wrote. “I took a deep breath, knowing that my answer, and his response, would have an impact on our lives for a very long time.”
She continued, “I was with someone romantically and I hadn’t told him. 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.” And when she finally confessed, Jackson’s reaction was not what she had expected. “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,” Bellow recalled.
Bello notes she eventually introduced Clare to her “traditional” Italian-Polish family in Philadelphia, who felt “good for you.”
And, as for her son’s response?
Bello recounts, he assured her, “Mom, love is love, whatever you are.”
What do you think of Bello coming out?