maria bello gay clare munn getty 'Touch's' Maria Bello comes out as gay in new in depth profileActress Maria Bello, most recently on TV on FOX drama “Touch” and NBC’s “Prime Suspect” adaptation, has come out of the closet in a fascinating New York Times article about what it means to have a “partner” and telling her 12-year-old son Jackson about her same-sex partner, Clare (pictured here with Bello in October 2013).

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Bello writes:

I have never defined myself by whom I slept with, but I know others have and would.

I have never understood the distinction of “primary” partner. Does that imply we have secondary and tertiary partners, too? Can my primary partner be my sister or child or best friend, or does it have to be someone I am having sex with?

Jack’s father, Dan, will always be my partner because we share Jack. Dan is the best father and the most wonderful man I’ve known. Just because our relationship is nonsexual doesn’t make him any less of a partner. We share the same core values, including putting our son first. My more recent ex, Bryn, remains my partner because we share our activism. And Clare will always be my partner because she is also my best friend.

It’s a terrific read, the full interview can be found here. Bello can next been in the 2014 drama “Strings” opposite Josh Duhamel and the 2014 thriller “Demonic.”

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