Mindy Kaling wanted to keep her motherhood experience completely private from the moment she found out she was pregnant in 2017. Speculations about Kaling’s pregnancy were already circulating, but then her “A Wrinkle In Time” co-star, Oprah Winfrey, confirmed the news to the world in an interview with People in July 2017. Kaling wasn’t too upset, however. “If anyone is going to announce big news about your personal life, it’s Oprah Winfrey the person,” Kaling said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October. “You can’t complain that much about it.”
While the announcement came sooner than expected, Kaling has been more careful to keep the identity of her daughter’s father to herself, choosing not to even reveal it to those she trusts. “She doesn’t tell anyone, even close friends, who the father is,” a source told People. Three years after welcoming Katherine “Kit” Swati in December 2017, Kaling added another little to the brood. This time, she successfully kept it a secret, announcing that she had given birth to their son, Spencer, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in October 2020, a month after the fact.
Once again, Kaling has not revealed who the father of her children is. Because Kaling keeps her relationships private, the The public has speculated that her baby daddy got to to be the only person she’s publicly dated: her The Office co-star BJ Novak — even though they’ve split a decade before Kit was born. Living with these questions must be exhausting, but Kaling has bigger fish to cook.
Mindy Kaling doesn’t mind the rumours
Mindy Kaling has kept hearing that BJ Novak could be the father of her children. But she doesn’t lose sleep over it. “It doesn’t bother me…until now [the rumors haven’t] It hasn’t affected my happiness at all, my kids or BJ,” she told Marie Claire in a profile posted Aug. 9 “will be tingly for people I suppose,” she added.
Novak is heavily involved in Kit and Spencer’s lives as their godfather, a role Kaling announced to Good Housekeeping in 2019 and never tried to downplay. “He’s godfather to both of my kids — and they have such a great relationship,” she told Marie Claire. Novak takes his role seriously. “He comes by about once a week. Sometimes he just comes over to hang out with her,” she told GH before her son was born.
According to People, Kaling and Novak dated sporadically between 2004 and 2007. But their relationship evolved over the years. “BJ is so much more like family now,” she told GH. While Kaling has no trouble addressing her bond with Novak, she will continue to protect her infant father’s identity. “My feeling is that I won’t talk to anyone about this until I talk to my daughter about it,” she told the New York Times in 2019.