Actress Maria Bello announced last week that she's gay.

In an op-ed titled Coming Out as a Modern Family published in The New York Times, Bello, 46, explained how she told her son Jackson from a marriage to Dan McDermott that ended in 2006 that she was seeing a woman romantically.

Bello, it turned out, was dating a woman Jackson already knew and thought of as family.

“My feelings for Clare aren't the same as the butterflies-in-the-stomach, angst-ridden love I have felt before; they are much deeper than that,” Bello wrote.

After Jackson, 12, asked whether she was seeing anyone and Bello told him who it was, Jackson replied: “Mom, love is love, whatever you are.”

“So I would like to consider myself a 'whatever,' as Jackson said. Whomever I love, however I love them, whether they sleep in my bed or not, or whether I do homework with them or share a child with them, 'love is love.' And I love our modern family.”

Bello's most recent film is Prisoners.