In an essay for The New York Times, Maria Bello reveals that she's is in a relationship with her longtime best friend, Clare. Bello writes, in a column titled "Coming Out as a Modern Family," that she was prompted to come out when her son, Jackson, asked if she was romantically involved with anyone.
"I took a deep breath, knowing that my answer, and his response, would have an impact on our lives for a very long time.
"He was right; 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."
However, what Bello writes is more than a coming out story. For her, it's about family. In her case, a "modern" one, which includes her son Jack, her best friend Clare, her father's son Dan.
"We have dinner together almost every night. As I write this, we're basking in the afterglow of Dan's 50th birthday party that Clare, Jackson, and I gave, which was attended by his family and mine and many other people I consider partners in one aspect of my life or another. It was a room of celebration and unconditional love."
"Love is love," Bello writes, echoing her son's own words. She's in love with her "modern family."