Kaling has just announced that she has given birth to her second child, a son named Spencer, which has raised questions about the identity of the father of her two children.
Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak’s offscreen relationship mirrored the one onscreen
Sure Office, Kaling played Kelly Kapoor, the customer service representative for the Dunder-Mifflin company. Throughout Kaling’s Eight Seasons Office, Kapoor often found herself in a recurring relationship with her colleague Ryan Howard. Howard was played by BJ Novak, who also worked as a screenwriter, executive producer, and director on Office.
Kaling and Novak’s off-screen relationship resembles their tumultuous on-screen relationship, though it has never been more formally defined than Kelly and Ryan’s. Novak admitted this in a 2012 interview with Vulture, saying he didn’t even know if they were officially dating when they were spending so much time together.
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Mindy Kaling is a single mom
Due to their long history, many people have speculated that BJ Novak is the father of at least one of Kaling’s children. However, Kaling has repeatedly clarified that Novak is the godfather of his daughter and newborn son.
Since giving birth to daughter Katherine Swati (her middle name derived from Kaling’s mother) in 2017, Kaling has been proud to be a hardworking single mother who is raising her children on her own.
Mindy Kaling respects her privacy
Although living a life in the public eye, Kaling has surprisingly kept much of his personal life a secret. This includes the identity (or identities) of its children – and its children themselves.
Kaling has frequently posted photos of her daughter Kit, but in each photo her face is not visible. Kaling was silent about the identity of Kit’s father, even about Kit herself.
Kaling discussed this parenting approach in an interview with The New York Times in 2019: “My feeling is that until I talk to my daughter about [her father], I’m not going to tell anyone else.
Unsurprisingly, Kaling does the same when it comes to his son.
Mindy Kaling’s pregnancy was a total secret
Kaling recently appeared on The Late Show avec Stephen Colbert and announced the birth of her son, Spencer. She admitted in the interview that this was “news to a lot of people” as she kept her pregnancy completely a secret, including her plump belly.
Kaling discussed Kit and Spencer’s relationship, saying her daughter at first “was really worried about her toys being taken,” but became “a huge fan” after meeting her brother.
When Colbert asked her how she kept it a secret, she had a simple answer. “Nobody saw me!” she said, after spending most of 2020 locked out at the home. The paparazzi caught her one day when she was eight months pregnant, but no one said Kaling was pregnant in the photo. Kaling even joked that she felt insulted, no one speculated about her pregnancy after the photo.