In last week’s Modern Love column, Norristown-born actress Maria Bello revealed she has a longtime girlfriend, and shared with readers the experience of coming out to her 12-year-old son and the rest of her ‘large, Italian-Polish, “traditional” Philadelphia family’.
Bello is best known for her roles in Coyote Ugly, and The Cooler. The 46-year-old actress became a humanitarian after co-founding WE ADVANCE, a women’s rights organization based in Haiti.
Bello’s column was inspired by a conversation with Jackson, the son she shares with TV executive Dan McDermott. When Jackson became curious about her love life, she decided to come out to 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.”