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Maria Bello says she's in a lesbian relationship but won't define her sexuality

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Mario Bello has revealed that she's in a lesbian relationship, but she won't say if she's a lesbian or bisexual. In fact, Bello says she does not want to define her sexuality at all.

In an essay titled "Coming Out as a Modern Family" published by the New York Times on Dec. 1, 2013, the actress describes how she told her 12-year-old son Jackson that she is having a romance with Clare Munn. Bello says in the article that Munn is her "best friend" who started out as a platonic pal, but their relationship turned into a love affair. Bello has posted numerous photos of herself with Munn on her Twitter account.

Bello also revealed in the New York Times article that she has had on-set love affairs with two men whom she worked with in two of her previous movies: "I was sure each was my soul mate, a belief fueled by sexual attraction that made me certain I was in love, only to find that when the filming ended, so did the relationship." She did not name the men in the article.

Jackson's father is Bello's former boyfriend Dan McDermott, a TV executive.

In her most recent movies, Bello usually plays a heterosexual wife and mother. She's had roles in the "Grown Ups" movies, "Prisoners" and "A History of Violence." Bello's other movies include "Coyote Ugly," "World Trade Center" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." In 2011, she starred in the short-lived American version of the TV series "Prime Suspect" on NBC.

As for defining her sexuality, Bello said in the New York Times article: "I would like to consider myself a 'whatever.'"

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