Mindy Kaling ‘is not telling anyone, not even close friends, who the father is’

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Mindy Kaling is pregnant. Despite my Twitter pleas, no one has given me any tips or gossip about the identity of the baby-daddy. Nearly everyone had the same reaction as me: “Oh, I bet it’s BJ Novak’s baby.” Some people were happy with that idea, some people were not. I am one of the people who would be so disappointed if BJ Novak was the father, because I think he’s spent years stringing her along, giving her enough emotional validation that she’ll stay “on the hook,” but he knows the whole time that he doesn’t actually want to get back with her. Their relationship bugs me so hard. Another option for Mindy Kaling’s Baby Daddy is possibly Senator Cory Booker, who tweet-flirted with Mindy back in March, and seemingly asked her out on a date (a date in New Jersey, but still). Will we ever know the identity of the ML’s Baby Daddy? Maybe not. According to People Mag, Mindy is being suspiciously quiet about it.

Mindy Kaling is sharing her good news.

“She just started telling her friends she is pregnant,” a source tells PEOPLE of Kaling, 38, who is expecting her first child later this year. But while she’s sharing the pregnancy news with those around her, the mom-to-be is staying mum on the identity of her baby’s father.

“She is not telling anyone, not even close friends, who the father is,” says the source, adding that The Mindy Project star and mastermind is not dating anyone at the moment.

[From People]

I hope someday my descriptors are “star and mastermind.” I feel like that alone probably made Mindy’s day, the fact that People Magazine called her “star and mastermind.” So, let’s put together all the clues. E! News said that Mindy’s pregnancy is an “unexpected surprise.” People Mag says that Mastermind Mindy isn’t even telling her close friends about the identity of the baby-daddy, but she’s “not dating anyone at the moment.” Hm… if she used a sperm donor, why would it be an “unexpected surprise”? If she has a secret boyfriend and he knocked her up, why are they no longer together? If she got accidentally pregnant from boning some rando, well… that would explain a lot. Except that Mindy has always said that she doesn’t actually go out and bone randos like her on-screen persona. This is such a riddle! And God, I will be so disappointed if the answer to the riddle is BJ F–king Novak. Fingers crossed for Cory Booker, y’all. Oooh, let’s just start throwing out names: maybe it’s Jack Nicholson! Maybe it’s… Benedict Cumberbatch!

Mindy Kaling Out On A Sushi Date At Matsuhisa Restaurant.

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  1. Sorry, no dignity in that says:

    Why should she have to tell the world who is the father? If she doesn’t want to tell: back off.

    In my opinion she has only one obligation: she should tell her child when he/she is old enough.

    • LMAO says:

      I kind of think telling the dad should also be in the mix.

      • Shannon says:

        That really depends. If the dude is an ass and not a part of your life anymore, I don’t really think you have to tell him. Tell the kid when he/she is old enough but since I would imagine she can financially support the kid on her own, I don’t see how she’s under any obligation to tell the dad or anyone other than the child at some point.

    • Dem says:

      Actually her most important obligation is to tell the father that he has a baby on the way. Traditionally if a woman is refusing to name the father, its because either to cover some scandal e.g. he is a married man or she wants to edge out his paternity rights. I genuinely cant imagine why else she wouldnt be telling even her close friends. A child doesnt just have a right to two parents but also has the right to be publicly acknowledged by both.

      • Zeddy says:

        What do you mean that’s her most important obligation?? If her child’s sperm donor is an a**hat, then why does he get to know? Just so he can spew all that a**hattery all over the kid. F outta here with that outdated and cruel perspective.

      • Pineapple says:

        A pregnant women doesn’t have any “obligation” to anyone.

      • LadyGreyzilla says:

        That’s ridiculous. Of course a woman is obligated to inform the father of the child that he has a baby. Both parents are responsible parties for the offspring.

      • Alisha says:

        We don’t know that she hasn’t told the father. Maybe she did and he wasn’t interested or didn’t want his name out there? For all we know, she could just be honoring his wishes.

      • aenflex says:

        A person has the right to know if they’re about to become a parent.
        Women don’t fall pregnant through some divine intervention. If a woman is impregnated, (and intends to birth the baby), by a man who she chose to sleep with, even just once, that guy has a right to know. The ROTW, no, but the father, yes.
        This idea that a child is the sole property of the woman who births it, irrespective of actual circumstances, is just kooky. If the father wants to sign off rights, never see the child, fine, he’s a schmuck. But he has the right to make that choice.

      • PIa says:

        Ummm, rape, incest, abusive male partner, etc. are all reasons to not tell the “father”, I mean, you’re protecting the child and yourself, no judgement there.

      • Hunterca says:

        I’m torn with this one. As mentioned up-thread, rape, incest, or abusive partner are all valid reasons, in my opinion, not to tell him. But I think every situation is different, so the decision to tell would be tailored to each situation. But if we’re talking about a true partner who would be happy with the news of a child and would take on the responsibility, I feel like he should know.

        On the other hand, be responsible. (I’m not saying irresponsibility was a factor here AT ALL; just being hypothetical). A man should be aware of what his partner wants and if for whatever reason that is not the case, then he should be responsible and not so presumptuous as to go around impregnating women with no regard to their feelings. But then you run into the issue of nothing being 100% foolproof as far as BC controls, which changes things again.

        I guess my bottom line is, again, that it just depends on the circumstances and that at the end of the day, it’s up to the mother to decide what’s best. A child knows when he or she is loved and that’s the most important thing. So I’m going to have to come down on the side of: The mother (Mindy, in this case) owes nothing to anyone.

        [Can you tell I just worked this whole thing out in my head? Talk about a word salad! I'd never really given it thought before. I love though-provoking posts and comments like this!]

      • kimbers says:


        Obviously in a sperm donor situation she doesn’t notify the father. Pretty sure an official sperm donor, and not a tinder sperm donor, knows why he jizzed in a cup.

      • V4Real says:

        @Pineapple who said a pregnant woman is not obligated to anyone.

        Yep, until she wants child support.

      • Candy says:

        @DEM: +100 in situations like this. Insane to think otherwise

      • snowflake says:

        Yes, then he can decide if he wanted to be in the child’s life or not. Except for abuse cases, there is no reason not to tell the father. You don’t just get to make the choice that a kid doesn’t get to have a father. Plus, they will resent you later when they find out their dad did not know about them. I can’t imagine beinga man and not knowing I have a child and find out 20 years later. Missed your whole kid’s childhood because the kids mom doesn’t think your worthy of being in their life. That’s not the woman’s call to make, except for instances of violence/abuse. I am a woman btw

    • als says:

      She does not HAVE to tell anyone. It’s not an obligation. Nor for her, not for anyone.
      HOWEVER, even without the obligation, most women communicate this information willingly and happily, most of the times. Just like the dads communicate who the mom to be is.
      They do it on their own terms, but they do it. As long as what is happening makes them happy and comfortable in the public eye. Usually, the women that make this piece of info a secret, have some sort of different story that provokes a lot of curiosity from the public.

      That being said, if Cory Booker was the father, I think he would want his name out. And Mindy as well. She continued her relationship (whatever kind that might be) with BJ Novak in spite of all speculation and people saying she is in an unhealthy relationship. Why would she want to hide Cory Booker as the father?

      • Babooshka says:

        This is such a ridiculous perspective. What do you mean she doesn’t have to tell anyone? Fathers are entitled to know they have a child the same way a man who has a child with someone else has an obligation to tell his wife or current partner.

      • Pineapple says:

        Agreed. She can tell anyone she wants or not tell anyone. Her life, her choice. Unless there’s an agreement with the father for him to be involved, she doesn’t owe him anything.

      • LadyGreyzilla says:

        An agreement? So, if a woman has a one night stand and it results in a baby, you don’t think she’s obligated to inform him that he has reproduced? That’s. Insanity. He has a responsibility to that child and he has the right to be given an opportunity. A woman does not have the right to rob her kid of their paternal figure because she doesn’t feel like it.

      • NicoleinSavannah,GA says:

        This is so dumb. Of course you tell a man if he helped create a baby with you no matter the outcome in the future!

      • K says:

        I think it’s ridiculous to assume she isn’t truly telling close friends, I bet this means “close Hollywood” friends or potentially her brother like the same people that leaked she was pregnant.

        They are probably the people that don’t know who she is dating or who the father is. It is very possible this guy is a private citizen who works in IT and doesn’t want his name in the press or public so she isn’t telling anyone.

        I bet people important and that she trust knows.

      • hmm says:

        @als. Cory Booker is a politician, I bet if he was the father HE would not want anyone to know. A baby out of wedlock (expecially if it is from just a few dates) is a huge nono in politics.

      • Hunterca says:

        @hmm: Who knows? To be fair, babies out of wedlock in the political scene have all been from married men who had no business impregnating someone else in the first place. Do we really have any idea how the news would be received in a situation like this? (Hypothetically speaking, of course)

      • Valois says:

        It’s not “her life, her choice” A woman is making a choice for the child’s life. Unless there’s some serious reason to be concernes (abuse, rape etc pp) you can’t take away the chance to have a second parent from your child. I mean, how would have an agreement for the father to be involved unless you tell him you’re pregnant?

        Women who think that pregnancy is 100 % about them at all times need to get a grip, seriously.

      • Shannon says:

        Valois: mothers make TONS of choices for their children, for years. I’ve got two kids and I make choices for the younger one (the older is grown) like food, clothing, which apartment he’s allowed to go into and which neighbors are shady af and stay out of there. I think it’s silly to assume Mindy hasn’t told the father, we really don’t know. But hypothetically, if she’s decided the father is not someone she wants in that child’s life or her life and decided not to tell him, that’s her choice. Maybe she dated him for a minute then found out he was on meth or abusive or something. Who knows? Not our business. But yeah, she gets to make this choice for her child who is not exactly old enough to be making its own choices seeing as how it’s not even out of the womb.

      • Valois says:

        Shannon, you should read my post properly.
        I was talking about pineapple’s comment who wasn’t talking about Mindy either but mother’s in general. I have no idea who the father to Mindy’s child is nor do I care. I was referring to a general issue.
        And I said that if there’s a reason to be concerned (you mentioned Meth) you obviously don’t have to tell the “father”. If there’s absolutely no reason to be concerned then no, I do’n't think it’s your choice alone. And there’s a huge difference between deciding on what clothes to wear and whether the child will be in touch with the father one day.

    • SoonerOrLaterWeAllSleepAlone says:

      Haha. Her only “obligation” is to care properly for this human being. Period. I hope it’s Cory Booker. He seems so fiery and complex. ❤️This Lady! Wishing her all the best ❤️

    • ichsi says:

      I can’t believe all the people claiming that whoever he is has a right to the child. He came. She’s the one who will gestate the baby for nine months and she’s the one who has her life turned over. She has no freaking obligation to say anything. I agree with the OP though that it would be good if she told her child one day.

      • LadyGreyzilla says:

        IDGAF about Mindy’s situation at this point, I am blown away that there are women who think they have the right to another autonomous human being. It’s not in you, it doesn’t belong to you. You don’t get to be the sole authority over the child’s development. It’s ridiculously self serving.

  2. Kdlaf says:

    I dont really get all the secrecy? Especially with close friends…I honestly feel like no one really cares and are just happy for Mindy because shes expressed how much shes wanted a baby/family.

  3. Marianne says:

    Maybe the reason she’s being so coy is because the guy is married? A la January Jones and Matthew Vaughn?

    • Idky says:

      I thought it was with Jason Sudeikis, no?

      • S says:

        Jason Sudeikis has publicly said it is not him. I think the married director speculation is kind of accepted gossip “fact” now, even though neither side has ever explicitly confirmed it. (Do think other men have publicly denied it though, just to stop getting the question, which kind of sucks.)

        Look, I think saying you’re not saying, to some degree, while a perfectly valid choice, INCREASES the speculation. Once something’s a secret it becomes a bigger deal to “find out.” Like, I don’t even really care about or follow January Jones, but even I know this random gossip about her.

        In a lot of ways, doing what, say, Hugh Grant did, in saying he was having a child with a named woman who he was not in relationship with, and just getting it out there, was probably a better way to quell gossip than just letting the press hound her and never admitting anything publicly. Of course, once he got the same “not in a relationship” woman pregnant AGAIN, at the same time as his current girlfriend was pregnant, well, yeah, not saying he’s a PR (or personal relationship) genius. Just that speculation and secrecy can actually backfire and make people MORE focused on knowing and digging to find out then just saying, ” _____ and I had a brief relationship, are not together romantically, but are very excited to be having a child together.”

        Still, as I said initially, totally Mindy’s call. And, of course, it’s also possible that she enjoys the drama and attention such speculation brings. Which, if not true for Mindy, I’m fairly certain is true for January, as she continues to talk about, at some length, how she’s not gonna talk about her son’s father’s identity, in pretty much every interview I’ve ever seen with her.

      • OriginallyBlue says:

        Matthew Vaughn or Bobby Flay seemed the most likely choices. Matthew seemed to be protesting a bit too much. She had only recently ended the relationship with Jason, he seemed shocked to hear about her pregnancy, and he was single, so to me it never made sense for him to deny the baby.

      • S says:

        Yes, as for pure January Jones Baby Daddy speculation, I’d say it’s likely Vaughn. He didn’t attend any of the X-Men screenings/publicity things where January was present, citing some rather lame excuses. People on the set said they were having an affair and he and his wife, Claudia Freaking Schiffer, basically left the country quickly with their own kids when the speculation cropped up. (They’re rich, they had homes in other countries already, but they’d been in L.A. for a while, from what I understand.)

        I think the real question is how did someone like Vaughn (Google him) get two such women in the first place? And how is a married man having an affair dumb enough not to use protection?

        If it’s Flay, it would have been the same, ‘But he’s married,’ problem at the time. Of course, he isn’t now, right? So, think maybe that mystery would have been solved on its own if it was him. (Or not, some guys are just dicks and don’t care about kids they make.)

        And, again, I wouldn’t have known ANY of this, if it wasn’t this big secret that keeps getting written about.

      • Ramona says:

        @S Matthew Vaugn was a good looking guy. More importantly, he produced all of Guy Ritchies successful films and a few other franchises. In Hollywood, if you can latch onto a power player, who is under 40 and is good looking enough to act himself, you have done well for yourself.

      • S says:

        @Ramona, to each their own but I’m not seeing it …

        e.g. https://www.google.com/amp/m.aceshowbiz.com/news/amp/00055228.html

        … The rich and powerful part I do get, but seem like someone that looks like Jones, with her success, would have a nice field of those to select from and maybe not need to pick someone else’s husband. Ditto for idea it’s hard to imagine Claudia Schiffer struggling to find a rich, powerful guy interested in her.

        Now, not to say love isn’t weird and about waaaaayyyy more than looks, but hard to imagine he was into Jones for her mind.

    • Kdlaf says:

      I thought it was Bobby Flay??

    • Marianne says:

      Well, I don’t know for sure if its Matthew Vaughn. I just remember that he was one of the guys “in the running” so to speak.

    • Luca76 says:

      It is Matthew Vaughn folks I actually heard this from someone who personally knew people involved. It wasn’t Jason Sudekis..poor guy.

      • Talie says:

        Heather McDonald said the same thing on her podcast…I guess it’s an open secret in LA. Still bizarre though since Vaughan probably sees pics of January and her son all the time…they pop up on DailyMail a lot.

        As for Mindy…usually if you’re hiding the identity it’s because the dude is married or you used a sperm donor.

      • Algernon says:

        Mindy has always seemed pretty open and candid, though. I assume if she used a donor she wouldn’t hide it or apologize. She’d be like, “I used a donor because I really want a child and got tired of waiting for Mr. Right.” I’m not saying she’s old, but she’s 38. She’s certainly old enough to know her mind, and she’s successful and made her fortune. She is in the perfect position to support a child on her own, and I just can’t see her being ashamed of using a donor. I’m in camp married because of all the secrecy.

    • doofus says:

      exactly what I was thinking.

      baby daddy is married.

    • zeynep says:

      I skimmed this thread and for a couple of peculiar seconds thought that Matthew Vaughn then Jason Sudeikis were being touted as the dad of Mindy’s baby. Brain needs a kick up the ass to wake up sometimes…

    • K says:

      I want to point out she hasn’t said anything, so far she hasn’t even confirmed she’s pregnant much less she isn’t telling anyone. She is just ignoring the story and only commenting on her new movie from what I’ve seen so I don’t think it’s fair to say she is saying she won’t tell anyone that is what a source said, which could be someone who she chose not to tell because she doesn’t trust them not to run to people mag and the dad doesn’t want to be in people because he’s not a public citizen.

      I don’t know why everyone jumps to negative when she hasn’t shown any pattern of that she is basically just pretty private about the details of her life. Personally I have always thought that is why her and BJ kept all the speculation stuff going was so they could live their lives and no one would pay attention because it wasn’t the other person.

  4. S says:

    It is 100% nobody’s dang business but Mindy, the father and their child’s who the Baby Daddy is. She has zero obligation to tell anyone but those two people, ever.

    At same time, I, personally, wondered about who she was having a child with and have read several stories about the speculation, because Kaling lives her life in the public eye and humans are naturally curious about these things.

    Both things can be true.

    • Algernon says:

      She doesn’t owe anyone an explanation, but this story in People is designed to spark speculation. She needs to lock it down and keep it out of the press. The public will wonder (it’s human nature), but it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. What’s making it a big deal is this story about the secrecy, which makes it seem like she’s hiding something, like a married baby daddy.

    • STRIPE says:

      Yep. Great way to put it. She is under **zero** obligation to tell anyone, who is not the dad or child, anything. But people should not be shamed for being curious. Wondering and wishing to know are not the same as demanding she tell.

  5. Barbcat says:

    Maybe the guy wanted her to have an abortion and wants no part of this baby.

    Glad she is keeping her unexpected surprise. And a woman should not have to tell anyone who fathered her child. It is her body/her choice.

  6. minx says:

    As long as it’s not BJ….

  7. D says:

    If she doesn’t even tell her close friends, maybe she doesn’t trust them to not tell the tabloids? If that’s the case, it would be pretty sad to not feel like you’re able to fully trust those closest to you. I hope it’s not that and she’s just a really private person.

  8. Junebug says:

    My guess is that she decided to go it alone and got artificial insemination using donor sperm. The “unexpected surprise” story is just gossip. Anyway, good for Mindy.

  9. Joni says:

    In order words, the guy is married.

  10. Eva says:

    It’s probably some regular dude we’ve never heard of. In her book Mindy talked a bit about her dating life and it seems that she dates non-famous guys who don’t work in the industry.

  11. Nicole says:

    I hope she tells the father because that’s more important than the world knowing, I doubt its Booker. Its most likely a random or BJ

  12. Alexandria says:

    Ben Affleck is it you?

    Jokes aside, up to her to keep it to herself.

  13. Kristen says:

    Brad Pitt?

    JK, I don’t GAF who it is and support her right to keep it to herself. I know the world will speculate but I’ll try not to. Congrats, Mindy!

  14. JC says:

    Maybe she’s not sure who the father is.

  15. Div says:

    I don’t find this particularly scandalous. My guess is it is probably a casual fling who either doesn’t want the attention at all and/or signed over his parental rights to Mindy. Casual isn’t necessarily a complete random. Anyway, Mindy has plenty of money so if this guy was balking at the idea of stepping up and taking responsibility I can see her saying “fine, just sign over your rights then” instead of going through the court system to get child support, etc. Or it could be Cory Booker’s and she’ll announce it later when she figures out the situation.

    At the end of the day, it’s her business and I don’t think this is a January Jones/Vaugh/Schiffer situation

  16. JA says:

    Hope to God its not BJs!! She will NEVER let go of him or the idea of them together if he is. It’s been sad/pathetic how she’s clung to him even when he’s told/ shown the world, I dont like you like that [unless I'm feeling lonely]. Ugh congrats to her but pleassssssse be someone decent and someone who actually cares/ cared about her.

  17. Cupcake says:

    I think Cory would want to acknowledge the baby. It might even help his career.

  18. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    Knowing her proclivities, it’s either Tom Hanks or Bill Pullman.

  19. Onerous says:

    I just read her latest book. It sounds like she’s not practicing celibacy… I’m happy for her regardless of the father’s identity. But if I had to guess – maybe the guy is just someone she was either casually dating, or had only been out with a few times. Maybe he’s just a regular guy who she’s not in a relationship with and who wants to maintain his anonymity.

  20. Unoriginal Commenter says:

    I love Mindy Kaling, so I am thrilled for her given she’s publicly stated that she does want children. As for not sharing the identity of the father, like others have stated, it is her right.

    Smart people make dumb decisions all the time (and my bias is totally showing here), but I just don’t see Mindy Kaling hooking up with a married dude. She seems to have a really strong belief in marriage based on her comments about her parents. But again, that doesn’t mean people don’t make dumb mistakes.

    I think sperm donor and she doesn’t want to deal with the annoying (and downright rude) questions, or potentially, like Barbcat said above, the father has indicated that he has no interest in being a part of the child’s life or doesn’t want it to be publicly announced.

  21. Radley says:

    Let’s get random. Harry Styles knocked her up. Those One Direction kids are in the random baby daddy business these days.

    I’m actually scratching my head about why this needs to be a secret. Unless the dude is married or has a horrible personal reputation, really any guy is no big deal.

    I can’t imagine Cory Booker would go along with this. He’s surely planning a presidential run someday so a multi-culti fling baby wouldn’t necessarily hurt him with his base. By the time he runs it would be old news anyway. So he’s out. Unless he proposed to “legitimize” the baby, she said hells no, panicked and got the news out first in a way that paints him into a corner. Hope not.

  22. CynicalAnn says:

    You guys-it’s a SPERM BANK. She wanted a baby and she’s having one.

  23. D says:

    Her face looks like its melting. So much botox and filler.

    Its nobody’s business who the father is

  24. lucy2 says:

    Nobody’s business but her own.
    (but my guess is a fling/one night stand, or someone who is married or involved).
    I also agree a woman should always tell the father, unless it’s a dangerous/abusive situation.

    “a date in New Jersey, but still” Why are you ragging on NJ, Kaiser?!? :D

  25. Tiffany says:

    It that kid comes out with a carrot top, the father is Damien Lewis. It would not surprise me at all if they hooked up while working together as he fits all the check marks for Mindy. A scrawny, white douchebag.

  26. Louise177 says:

    Can the terms baby mama/daddy ever be banned? I always found them offensive. I don’t know why people feel Mindy has to tell who the father is. Has she even announced her pregnancy? And I’m not talking about unnamed sources.

  27. Tanya says:

    Her business not mine.

    But, I’m calling sperm donor. Otherwise, she’d shout from the rooftops who fathered her child.

  28. kNY says:

    It’s no one’s business, but I sure am curious! I, too, hope it’s not BJ’s, but I think it most likely is. OR a writer/crew guy on her set that she has a friends-with-benefits situation going on.

  29. Lua says:

    You can’t have it both ways.
    You can’t have the right to abort without the dad’s permission, but then not have the right to not tell him if you don’t want him in the picture. A lot of pregnant women are murdered by men who don’t want the baby when the one night stand or side chick refused to abort.

  30. PettyRiperton says:

    Why would she tell the same close friends who goes to a mag to wonder why she’s not telling them?

    My money is on it being a f***buddy that she slipped up with. I don’t see her as the rando or sidechick type.

  31. EscapedConvent says:

    Oh for heaven’s sake! Mindy exchanges a flirty tweet with Cory Booker, and suddenly he’s a major contender for the Daddy?!

    I hope the Daddy is Cumberbatch. He loves to make babies, and he hasn’t had one for 4 months now.

  32. A says:

    Maybe it’s a sperm donor, there’s should be no shame in saying you got a sperm donor, as long as that baby gets a loving parent everything’s fine. Or maybe it’s someone she’s not proud of idk

  33. me says:

    So if E News says it was a “surprise pregnancy” we are just supposed to take their word for it? If she’s being super secretive about her pregnancy, no way is she telling anyone it was a “surprise”.

  34. perplexed says:

    Well, they said her close friends don’t know, not that the baby-daddy doesn’t know. I think there’s a distinction there.

    What is up with her lips?

  35. Sequinedheart says:

    I’m going to make an argument for the “Yes she absolutely should tell the father” (if there is one), married or not.
    Take a close friend of ours: he was 23, graduated college and had a one night stand with a woman. He never heard from her again and he went on with his life, marrying and having children. 4 years ago, this 24 year old guy from another country calls and says, would you do a DNA test? I think you’re my dad. Eerily, this happened (carbon copy story) to another friend of ours this year so they were able to commiserate over it.
    Let me tell you, it is indeed emotional and life changing to find out you have a fully grown adult who is yours, trying to build a new relationship and adjusting your family to this new person.

    Moral of the story: Be honest, at least tell the baby daddy, if he chooses to tell his wife/GF, that’s on him but you do your due diligence.

  36. Veronica says:

    My suspicion is that this is either a one night stand mistake or the father is somebody who, well, shouldn’t be in a position to impregnate her, if you get my drift. Which is fine, but…the price of celebrity tends to crop up in these situations. This is always going to follow her around.

    PERSONALLY, I’m of the opinion that unless the situation is nonconsensual/abusive or a very random one night stand (and even that is debatable), it is the responsible thing to discuss the pregnancy and potential options with the father. The decision to keep it should ultimately remain in her hands, but I consider irresponsible if not outright abusive in certain cases to lock out the father completely.

    • PJ says:

      I couldn’t agree more with every single thing you said @Veronica!

      Children aren’t property/objects/material possessions that an individual parent gets to “keep” “all to themselves” (in cases such as those you aluded to). So many women and men (see Cristiano Ronaldo) forget that these little babies grow up into children/teens/adults. They are indivuals who will eventually have questions, deserve answers and have a right to know as much about their own biology as possible.

      • Patty says:

        Ronaldo used a surrogate/surrogates. He is a man, I’m assuming his children will be well aware of how they came to be. There is nothing wrong with that, just like there is nothing wrong with women who use sperm donors, or gay couples who use surrogates. I don’t think it’s fair to compare a situation like that with a woman who gets pregnant and refuses to notify the father (not saying Mindy is doing this).

        There’s also another possibility, maybe Mindy has been having great sex up, down, and sideways and doesn’t know who the father is. LOL.

        But I do believe that if she knows who the father is, and they are not an abusive douche or this baby wasn’t a product of something nefarious, then yes, the father should be told that he is going to be a father. As for the rest of us, she has no obligations.

  37. L says:

    I’d be willing to bet it’s BJ’s. Has anyone else noticed that their real life relationship is very similar to the one they had on The Office? aka her pining over him while he just strings her along.

    What she’s done to her beautiful face tho makes me more sad than Novak being the dad. 😭

  38. A says:

    I know this suggestion is kind of out there but.

    What if she doesn’t know who the father is?

    Ik, Ik, she’s “not the type” and she “says she doesn’t sleep with randos” etc etc. But. Ya’ll. Come on. What if she doesn’t know herself. What if this is a real life Mamma Mia type situation. Now THAT would have been a great plotline for The Mindy Project.

  39. PJ says:

    “If she got accidentally pregnant from boning some rando, well…”

    Ding ding ding! I think we have a winner with that guess folks. It makes absolutely ZERO sense that someone who has always been so open and transparent with her fans about many private details of her life (specifically all of that years long messiness with her “best friend”-ugh-B.J.) would “unexpectedly” get pregnant and suspiciously go full-on radio silent about paternity unless it was all a bit…itchy.

    My guess (and really, who knows?) is that our girl was having lots of fun, maybe dating around (which, good for her), a “whoops” happened (not so good) and perhaps even SHE doesn’t know who the father is. Or, maybe she was having a little fun with an unavailable/taboo in her circle/married man and it happened. Sigh. What a mess if either if those are true.

    Either way, this has January Jones 2.0 written all over it and it feels…strange.

  40. Jeesie says:

    It’s not Cory Booker, come on. He played along on Twitter, got some good press, but he could not have sounded less interested when people then asked if they were really planning on seeing each other in rl.

  41. becoo says:

    It’s kind of fascinating how her life has unwittingly mirrored Mindy Lahiri’s story arc, hopefully in the positive ways and not the negative. Whoever the father is, I hope he’s not as much of a jerk as the Danny character on The Mindy Project turned out to be!

  42. Patty says:

    Seriously, I would hope this baby is not Cory Booker’s. I think their whole Twitter flirtation was just that, a Twitter flirtation. Besides, there is nothing in Mindy’s dating history that suggests that she into anything except tortured artiste type white men. I just hope she’s a great support system, and that she is a happy and healthy baby or babies.

  43. diaphenes says:

    I hope it’s Kal Penn – he has such a nice face!!