Maria Bello’s modern family and the woman she’s dating

Maria Bello has a son, a baby daddy and a girlfriend. Here’s how the actress has created her very own modern family.

Maria Bello

Maria Bello has decided to come out in a big way, by writing about her life in an article for The New York Times. The actress is explaining her new modern family.

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In the article, titled “Coming Out as a Modern Family,” Bello talks about the decision to tell her son she was in a relationship with a woman — a woman he knew well.

“I was with someone romantically and I hadn’t told [Jack],” Bello said, according to Yahoo. “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, who recently played another modern woman in Grown Ups 2, explains she came out as “whatever” and detailed the different relationships in her life, including the close relationship she still has with Jack’s father, TV exec Dan McDermott.

“My feelings about attachment and partnership have always been that they are fluid and evolving,” Bello explained. “Jack’s father, Dan, will always be my partner because we share Jack. Just because our relationship is nonsexual doesn’t make him any less of a partner. 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.”

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Bello and McDermott ended their relationship in 2006, and she was engaged to musician Bryn Mooser until 2010. She revealed that it was a recent health scare that got her to reveal her relationship with Clare to her son. But he was already one step ahead of her.

“[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,” Bello remembered in the article. “Yes, he obviously attends one of those progressive schools in Los Angeles!”

The modern family of four are figuring out their lives and their relationships, but it appears Bello couldn’t be any happier.

“We have figured it out together: Jack, Clare, Dan and I,” she said. “It’s a rare weekend when we aren’t piled in the same car, driving to one of Jack’s soccer tournaments. Dan makes fun of Clare for getting lost and she makes sure he always has the umbrellas, sunscreen, water nuts and whatever else we might need in a nuclear disaster. 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.”

Bello tweeted a photo of her family on Friday.

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