Mindy Kaling Finally Addressed The Rumor That B.J. Novak Is The Father Of Her Two Children

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You know that Mindy Kaling is the mother to two children, Katherine and Spencer.

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You might also know that former The Office costar B.J. Novak — who dated Kaling on and off throughout the show's run — is the godfather to Katherine and Spencer.

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Now, if you're the type who spends a decent amount of time on the internet (who isn't?), you might have come across the occasional speculation that B.J. is actually the father to Mindy's two children.

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Mindy hasn't previously addressed the rumors, but she finally discussed them in a recent interview with Marie Claire.

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"It doesn't bother me," she replied when asked about how the speculation makes her feel.

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“He’s the godparent to both my kids — and they have such a great relationship — and so far [the speculation hasn’t] affected my happiness at all, it hasn’t affected my kids or B.J.,” she said.

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“If that’s what is going to be titillating to people, I’ll take it.”

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This isn't the first time Mindy's addressed the paternity of her children, which she has chosen not to reveal publicly to date.

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Robert Kamau / GC Images / Getty Images

Back in 2019, the New York Times asked her about how she arrived at the decision to keep the identity of Katherine's father private.

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Robin L Marshall / Getty Images

“My feeling is that until I speak to my daughter about that, I’m not going to talk to anyone else about it," she said.

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Read the entire Marie Claire interview with Mindy here.