The Reason Mindy Kaling Won't Talk About Her Daughter's Paternity Makes A Lot Of Sense

Yes, Mindy!

Mindy Kaling surprised a lot of people when she announced she was pregnant in 2017 as she was publicly single and decided to keep the identity of her baby daddy a secret – though many people wish it was BJ Novak.

When baby Katherine, whose middle name is Swati for Mindy’s late mother, was born in December 2017, Mindy didn’t put any information regarding the father on the birth certificate, those fields were instead left blank.

Speaking with Glamour recently while promoting her new film Late Night, Mindy revealed why she keeps Katherine’s face off her social media channels.

“I do feel entitled to have privacy about my daughter and my relationships. It’s really essential to my life that there be something not everybody knows about.”

She described the daunting experience of bringing Katherine home for the first time, saying, “I remember bringing her home and being in my house with her for the first time and thinking, ‘Huh.’ According to movies and TV this is traditionally the time when my mother and spouse are supposed to be here, sharing this experience with me, and I looked around and I had neither.”

“But then that feeling went away, because the reality is, I’m not doing it by myself. I’m surrounded by family and friends who love and support me. And the joy I feel from being with my daughter Katherine eclipses anything.”

In another interview with the New York Times, Mindy gave a very good reason for why she hasn’t spoken publicly about the father, “My feeling is, that until I speak to my daughter [about her paternity], I’m not going to talk to anyone else about it.”

While most of us were dying to find out who the father was, this decision makes so much sense. Maybe we’ll find out one day, maybe we won’t, but none of us should know before Katherine does!

Mindy Kaling Roasting Stephen Colbert For His Phone Going Off Mid-Interview Is The Best Thing You'll See Today

"I have so many questions."

Mindy Kaling recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her new film Late Night when Stephen received a call on his Apple Watch.

While she’s in the middle of her story, his watch says, “Thank you for choosing Marriott Hotels.”

A very embarrassed Stephen tried to quiet his watch, but Mindy wouldn’t let him hear the end of it.

The host tried to explain, “My watch got a phone call and I tried to put my hand over it because I forgot to put it to sleep, and it was a call from Marriott Hotels.”

Mindy joked, “Your rewards program from Marriott interrupted my touching story about Emma Thompson.”

“Wait a second, hold on…I have so many questions…You’re rich! Why do you need an awards program??”

Stephen replied, “This is how you get rich. You go for the rewards.”

Mindy continued, “I don’t even know. I have so many more questions about your financial situation. I don’t use a rewards program!”

“He has the No. 1 show on TV and he’s like, ‘Ohhh, gotta make sure if I travel, that me and my wife, and my three children, are being hosted in an economical way.”

“I don’t even know, I’m in a movie with Emma Thompson,like, who cares, whatever!”

Stephen explained that he tried putting his hand over his watch to silence the call but then realised he might have answered it instead and tells the crowd, “I thought well we’ll know in a moment when they start talking!”

Mindy joked, “You know when this ends, he’s going to be scrambling, like, ‘Ahh, I hope I still have those rewards. I hope I didn’t delete that!’”

Watch the hilarious moment here:

The Reason BJ Novak Doesn't Want To Marry Mindy Kaling Is Annoying But Also Kinda Relatable

"I just couldn’t f***ing deal with that."

Despite the fact Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak grew up 10 minutes away from each other in Massachusetts, the pair didn’t meet until they began working together on The Office in 2005.

They soon hit it off and began sort of dating. We say “sort of” because no one really knew what they were doing.

Speaking to Vulture in 2012, Novak said, “No one, including us, ever really knew, ‘Is this dating? Is this not dating?’

“We were never really dating, we were never really not dating. We didn’t know. No one knew. All you’d know for sure as that you’d always find one of us next to the other, even if we weren’t getting along.”

Kaling, however, believed they “kind of fell in love” while working in the writers’ room, saying they “dated on and off for a couple of years, and now we are just, like, best friends.”

It seems as though their relationship inspired Kelly and Ryan’s relationship on The Office because of “an observation from the writers’ room that Mindy and I were extremely close and constantly fighting.”

The pair seem to have done what not many other people have succeeded in doing – having a workplace romance, a workplace breakup and enjoying a healthy friendship afterward.

Even nowadays, they still go as each other’s plus-ones to events, BJ recently accompanied Mindy to the premiere of her film Late Night.

Mindy has previously admitted to Howard Stern that if Novak had asked her to marry him, she would have said yes, adding, “I was 24… If anyone had asked me to marry me, I would’ve said yes.”

However, BJ says his reasons for remaining friends with Kaling is simple, telling Entertainment Weekly, “The main reason I’m reluctant to get married to Mindy is that every single person in our lives and Twitter feeds would say, ‘I knew it.’ I just couldn’t f—ing deal with that. But we know. We know what’s there.”

Um, OK, we get it, he doesn’t want everyone saying ‘told you so!’, but what about the fans who wouldn’t be like that and would just be so excited for them and only want to see them happy (together).

What about us, BJ?!

Now, BJ plays perhaps a larger role in Mindy’s life, as her daughter Katherine’s godfather.

Speaking with CBS Sunday Morning, Mindy said, “I like when people think it’s more romantic or sparkly or interesting than it is.”

“He’s really part of my family now, which is great. Even though that’s less of a sexy characterization of our relationship, I think it’s a deeper and a closer one. We do spend a lot of time together and it’s a great blessing in my life.”

So, that’s nice, I guess.


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