"Coyote Ugly" actress Maria Bello publicly came out in 2013 by penning an essay, called "Coming Out as a Modern Family," for the New York Times. In it, the actress who has a son with ex-boyfriend, TV executive Dan McDermott, wrote about embarking on a same-sex relationship with her best friend, Clare Munn, and worrying about how the news would affect her career and her son.
When she did finally tell her son, Bello wrote in the essay, he responded, "Mom, love is love, whatever you are."
"So I would like to consider myself a 'whatever,' as Jackson said," Bello wrote in the piece. "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.' And I love our modern family."