Maria Bello Comes Out As Bisexual In NYT Essay

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Actress Maria Bello has come out as bisexual in an essay written in the New York Times. In the piece, entitled “Coming Out As A Modern Family”, the “Prisoners” star explains how she revealed to her 12-years-old son Jackson what is going on with his mama’s romantic life.

Maria also revealed and explained that she is currently in two relationships; one with a man, and one with a woman. Hence the “Modern Family” title of the piece that she wrote.

Here are some highlights from the essay:

On her feelings for Clare, the woman she has a relationship with: “My feelings for Clare aren’t the same as the butterflies-in-the-stomach, angst-ridden love I have felt before; they are much deeper than that. As we grew closer, my desire for her grew stronger until, after a few months, I decided to share the truth of our relationship with my large, Italian-Polish, “traditional” Philadelphia family.”

On her family’s reaction: “My father’s response came between puffs of his cigar while we sat on the roof of a casino in Atlantic City. “She’s a good girl, good for you,” he said. My mother and family echoed his sentiments. Maybe they weren’t so traditional after all.

On her son’s reaction to her ‘coming out’:So back to Jackson’s question, with me sitting on the edge of his bed: Was I romantic with anyone right now? I exhaled and finally said it: “Clare.” 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. (Yes, he obviously attends one of those progressive schools in Los Angeles!) I loved him so much for saying that. “But Jack, I’m a little scared,” I said. “When I was younger, people judged you if you were in a romantic relationship with a person of the same sex, and some still do. So I’m not sure how to deal with this. But we’ll figure it out together.”

On the current situation: “Jack, Clare, Dan and I. 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.

Read the whole piece here. Maria also writes about falling for two co-stars, but doesn’t give any names. I really want to know who they are! Maybe Hugh Jackman? Or Viggo Mortensen? Or maybe Sean Bean?

What do you think of Maria Bello’s “coming out” essay?

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