Mindy Kaling is finally addressing a lingering rumor about her relationship with her “Office” co-star and former boyfriend, BJ Novak.
In an interview with Marie Claire published Tuesday, the “Never Have I Ever” creator ignored speculation that Novak is secretly the father of her two children, Katherine, 4, and Spencer 1.
“I don’t mind,” Kaling told the publication. “He is the godfather of my two children – and they have such a good relationship – and so far [the rumors haven’t] affected my happiness at all, it didn’t affect my kids or BJ”
“If that’s what’s going to tickle people, I’ll take it.”
Kaling has never publicly discussed the paternity of his children. In her Marie Claire chat, she said she doesn’t plan to share her journey to parenthood until Katherine and Spencer are “old enough to tell me about it and [tell me] how they want me to talk about it.
“I am the sole parent of my children,” she continued. “I think I’m being cautious so there’s less stuff they could potentially be mad at me about down the line.”
Kaling and Novak met while filming the first season of “The Office” in 2004. The couple dated until 2007, according to People, but remained close friends and continue to support each other in their professional endeavors. . In March, they appeared together on the red carpet at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars after-party.
“No one, including us, ever really knew, ‘Is this dating? Isn’t this dating? We never really dated, we never really dated’ , recalled Novak in a 2012 Vulture interview. “We didn’t know. Nobody knew. All you would know for sure is that you would always find us next to each other, even if we didn’t get along.
Kaling echoed those sentiments, joking to InStyle in 2015, “I guess you could describe our relationship as ‘romance-laden camaraderie with loud arguments,’ but I don’t think Facebook would accept that as a new status. “
As for her choice of Novak as Katherine and Spencer’s godfather, she told “Good Morning America” in 2020, “Godparents are a Christian tradition, and I’m Hindu, and he’s Jewish. It doesn’t makes no sense, really, but we really think we were like, “Christians are really right; it’s a great tradition. I was like, ‘I don’t miss that.’
“We’re just redefining what that really means,” she added. “Right now it just means he’s in our pandemic pod, so he’s coming all the time – he’s written a bestselling children’s book, so he’s great with kids, and so it’s really nice to ‘have his energy in the house.’