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Actress Maria Bello comes out

In a piece she penned for The New York Times, actress Maria Bello, star of Prisoners and Coyote Ugly, has revealed that she’s involved with a woman, her best friend Clare, who is like a “godmother” to Bello’s 12-year-old son, Jackson.

She writes about the failed relationships that led her to a woman, the effect her sexuality might have on her career, and her nerves at telling her child that she was in love with a woman when he asked her if she was “romantic with anyone":

"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.’"

Read Maria’s full piece here.