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Maria Bello Comes out to 12-Year-Old Son

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jim Smeal/BEImages (696919cc)
Maria Bello and son Jackson Blue McDermott
American Idol Grand Finale 2010, Los Angeles, America - 26 May 2010
Photograph by Jim Smeal/BEImages

Maria Bello has come out as "whatever" to her 12-year-old son, Jackson.

In a Modern Love column for The New York Times, the 46-year-old actress wrote about how she approached the subject with her son, who suspected she wasn't telling him something.

"He was right; I was with someone romantically and I hadn’t told him," she wrote about her relationship with Clare. "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."

Bello also explained that she has "fluid and evolving" relationships with Jackson's dad, Dan McDermott, whom she considers to be a "nonsexual" partner in raising their child.

How did her son respond?

"He looked at me for what seemed like an eternity and then broke into a huge, warm smile," she wrote. “'Mom, love is love, whatever you are,' he said with wisdom beyond his years. (Yes, he obviously attends one of those progressive schools in Los Angeles!)"

So, ultimately, she wrote that she considers herself a "whatever"—and that she's proud of her "modern family."

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