Mindy Kaling unbothered by rumors B.J. Novak is the father of her kids
Mindy Kaling addresses rumors that her former “The Office” co-star BJ Novak is the father of her two children.
Now, she’s speaking out about how she feels about the speculation. “It doesn’t bother me,” Kaling said in an interview with Marie Claire that aired Tuesday. Kaling said it “hasn’t affected my happiness in any way, it hasn’t affected my kids or my BJ.”
While the 43-year-old would not confirm the identity of the biological father, Kaling said her longtime friend Novak plays an important role in their lives.
“(Novak) is the godfather to both of my kids — and they have a great relationship,” Kaling added. “If it’s something that’s going to be heartbreaking for people, I’ll take it.”
Kaling is mother to Catherine, 4, and Spencer, 23 months.
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Kaling and Novak have been close friends since they wrote and starred in NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy “The Office,” where the pair reprise their roles as toxic couple Kelly Kapoor and Ryan Howard.
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Since then, the two have continued to support each other’s careers. In March, the two walked the Oscars red carpet together, and more recently, Novak shared a behind-the-scenes photo on Instagram of Kaling on the set of her directorial debut, “Revenge,” out July 29. .
Kaling serves as writer and executive producer for Netflix’s Never Me Ever and HBO Max’s Sex Lives of College Girls. He also co-wrote “Legally Blonde 3,” starring Reese Witherspoon, along with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” creator Dan Gore.
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“The Mindy Project” creator told USA TODAY in June that juggling a busy schedule as a parent can be difficult, but Kaling is grateful to have the help of a full-time nanny and two assistants. She also says that whenever her daughter works from home, her door is always open for her.
“I write all the time, but what’s great is that now I have an open door policy,” Kaling said. “Unless I’m on Zoom, he can walk into (my room) and the nature of my job is that I can stop for five minutes and sit with him for a bit.”
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Contributor: Charles Trepani