A person's sexuality is ultimately a very personal thing, but unfortunately, it still seems to matter enough that any celebrity coming out of the closet is still big news (though this is thankfully fading). The latest celeb to jump on the out and proud train (via a NYT op-ed) is Prisoners and A History of Violence star .
The stunning 46-year-old wrote a first-person essay on Friday that discussed how she revealed to her son that she was gay and in a relationship with a woman. Jackson, her son with former husband Dan McDermott, wondered aloud if she was in a relationship with anyone, and Bello hedged in her response at first, as her therapist had instructed her not to divulge details until her son asked for them:
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.
She started reminiscing as she was looking through old photos and realized that she'd always had a connection with her best friend, Clare, even though she didn't realize it at the time:
As I continued to look through photos, I came across a black-and-white one of my best friend and me taken on New Year's Eve. We looked so happy, I couldn't help but smile. I remembered how we had met two years before...We had an immediate connection but didn't think of it as romantic or sexual. She was one of the most beautiful, charming, brilliant and funny people I had ever met, but it didn't occur to me, until that soul-searching moment in my garden, that we could perhaps choose to love each other romantically.
It was during a bad medical scare over the summer in which she nearly lost her life that Bellow finally came clean with her son about the intimate details of her relationship, and he reassured her, "'Mom, love is love whatever you are." And Bello agrees:
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.'
(Source: New York Times via E! Online)