Mindy Kaling, who is known for her work as Kelly Kapoor in The Office, recently addressed rumors that suggest her ex-boyfriend B.J. Novak is the father of her two children. The American actress met B.J. Novak on the sets of The Office and the two dated on and off from 2004 to 2007. She welcomed daughter Katherine and then son Spencer in 2017 and 2020, respectively. They split in 2007 but have remained close friends since then. In 2014, B.J. Novak was asked to describe his friendly relationship with Mindy Kaling in one word. “Complicated” is what the actor came up with. In her recent interview, she talked about B.J. Novak’s relationship with her children and why she keeps them out of the spotlight.
Mindy Kaling addressed rumors about B.J. Novak being the father of her children
In an interview with Marie Claire on Tuesday, Mindy Kaling revealed that rumors about B.J. Novak possibly being the father of her children, Katherine and Spencer, “doesn’t bother” her. She said,
“He’s the godparent to both my kids — and they have such a great relationship — and so far [the rumors have not] affected my happiness at all, it hasn’t affected my kids or BJ. If that’s what is going to be titillating to people, I’ll take it.”
She made it clear that all these speculations do not affect her in any way.
She also explained why she keeps her family life hidden
She also explained why she keeps her family life out of the spotlight. She said,
“I want them to be old enough to talk to me about it and [tell me] how they want me to talk about it. I’m the only parent my kids have…I think I err on the side of super cautious so that there’s less things that they can potentially be mad at me about down the line.”
In 2020, Mindy Kaling talked about B.J. Novak’s role in her children’s life
In 2020, during an interview, she talked about B.J. Novak’s role in her children’s life, calling him their godparent,
“Godparents are a Christian tradition, and I’m Hindu and he’s Jewish. It makes no sense really, but we really think like, ‘Christians really got this right, this is a great tradition’. I was like, ‘I’m not missing out on this,’ so he is the godparent to my daughter and we’re just redefining what it really means. Right now, it just means that he’s in our pandemic pod, so he comes over all the time — he’s great with kids, so it’s been really nice to have him in the house.”
The actress really hopes that her children grow up and watch The Office with her as the role of Kelly Kapoor made her a household name.
All nine seasons of The Office are available on Netflix as well as Amazon Prime Video.