Mindy Kaling says 'it doesn't bother me' people think B.J. Novak is father of her children

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Mindy Kaling is addressing rumors that her former "The Office" co-star B.J. Novak is the father of her two children.

Now, she's opening up about how she feels about the speculation. "It doesn't bother me," Kaling said in a Marie Claire interview published Tuesday. Kaling said it hasn't "affected my happiness at all, it hasn't affected my kids or B.J."

While the 43-year-old did not confirm the identity of the biological father, Kaling said her longtime friend Novak plays a major role in their lives.

"(Novak is) the godparent to both of my kids – and they have such a great relationship," Kaling added. "If that's what is going to be titillating to people, I'll take it."

Kaling is mother to Katherine, 4, and Spencer, 23 months.

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Kaling and Novak formed a close-knit friendship since the two wrote and starred in NBC's Emmy-winning comedy "The Office," where the pair played the toxic off-again, on-again couple Kelly Kapoor and Ryan Howard.

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Mindy Kaling is addressing rumors that her former "The Office" co-star B.J. Novak is the father of her two children.
Mindy Kaling is addressing rumors that her former "The Office" co-star B.J. Novak is the father of her two children.

Since then, the two have continued to support each other's careers. In March, the duo walked the Oscars red carpet together and most recently, Novak shared a behind-the-scenes photo on Instagram Thursday of Kaling visiting him on the set of his directorial debut film, "Vengeance," which released in theaters July 29.

Kaling serves as writer and executive producer for Netflix's "Never Have I Ever" and HBO Max's "The Sex Live of College Girls." She is also co-writing "Legally Blonde 3," starring Reese Witherspoon, with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" creator Dan Goor.

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"The Mindy Project" creator told USA TODAY in June that juggling parenthood with a busy schedule can be tricky, but Kaling is grateful to have the help of a full-time nanny and two assistants. She also says her door is always open to her daughter whenever she's working from home.

"I'm always writing, but what's great is now I have an open door policy," Kaling said. "Unless I'm on a work Zoom, she can come in (my room), and the nature of my job is that I can stop for five minutes and hang out with her for a little bit."

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Contributing: Charles Trepany

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mindy Kaling unbothered by rumors B.J. Novak is the father of her kids