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"To be able to share that with the world and make people feel not so lonely anymore is a great thing I got to do," said Bello of writing Whatever ... Love Is Love

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated March 25, 2016 10:05 AM
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Maria Bello has no regrets about opening up about her sexuality.

Although Bello, 48, admits it was “difficult” putting her feelings on paper in her new memoir, Whatever … Love Is Love, she said helping spread the message of equal love was well worth it.

“It was a difficult process, and hard for the people around me as well. But in the end, the message love is love, the fluidity of love in relationships, affected so many people,” she told reporters at UCLA’s IOES gala Thursday night. “And the fluidity of sex and relationships – to be able to share that with the world and make people feel not so lonely anymore is a great thing I got to do.”

Bello’s book came out more than two years after she penned an open letter in The New York Times in which she described falling in love with her female best friend.

The Lights Out actress said she was touched by the outpouring of support she received not only from her fans, but from her own family as well.

“I was so touched to hear how many people it affected, and these modern families that we all have,” she said. “My family and friends were really supportive of the book. But there’s a lot revealed in it: my own journey with my family and with my friends and with my religion and with my sexuality and putting it all on the page.”

Bello, who is now dating 29-year-old Elijah Allan-Blitz after splitting from girlfriend Clare Munn, said the book helped her move into the next stage in her life.

“There’s something about doing that and then putting that to the side and stepping forward into the second part of my life,” she said.

“I am happy. I’m really happy,” she added.

Reporting By REAGAN ALEXANDER