This Is How 'NCIS' Star Maria Bello Came Out As Gay

How did 'NCIS' star Maria Bello come out as gay?
November 2, 2019 - 20:47 / Laura Pérez

Six years ago Maria Bello published a very emotional essay where she opened up about how she came out as a gay. Her son Jackson has been supporting her since she told her she was having a relationship with another woman...

You probably know Maria Bello, aka "Jack Sloane," is part of the LGBTQ community. The 52-year-old actress came out as gay in 2013 by publishing an essay titled "Coming Out as a Modern Family" in the New York Times.

The essay, which eventually was recorded by the actress and released in a podcast called Modern Lovedescribes a series of situations Bello experienced in her journey of coming out. She recalls, for instance, that time when she had to tell her son Jackson that she was in a relationship with another woman after he asked her if there was something she was not telling him.

Maria Bello at the 2019 ELLE Women In Hollywood held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in California

Maria Bello opens up about her first relationship with a woman

The NCIS star also described how she realized she was actually having romantic feelings for someone she thought was only a friend. While going through a series of throwback pictures, she found an image of her and her best friend and "she couldn't help but smile." Then she explained they "had an immediate connection but didn’t think of it as romantic or sexual." 

That's when she realized it didn't make sense to waste more time. "What had I been waiting for all of these years? She is the person I like being with the most, the one with whom I am most myself," she wrote. 

Maria Bello at the 12th Annual Women In Film Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, 2019

Maria Bello was worried about how her relationship would affect her work and her son

The fabulous Maria revealed she was actually afraid of beginning a journey with the woman she loved because it could affect her professional life, as well as her relationship with her child. Fortunately her son Jackson supported her in a very adorable way and told her: "Mom, love is love, whatever you are."

From that moment on "Jack Sloane" decided to consider herself a "whatever" and to love whomever she wants. "Love is love, and I love our modern family," she said.