Mindy Kaling secretly gave birth to her second child, a boy named Spencer

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I *just* covered that nice Mindy Kaling interview, where she was talking about being locked down in LA with her 2-year-old daughter Katherine. And I honestly thought that was Mindy’s nice LA life – single mom to a little girl, group of friends, hard at work as a writer/actress/producer/creator. Then she just flat-out shocked me: she was pregnant for most of this year. She gave birth to her second child in September. WHAT.

In surprising news, Mindy Kaling has revealed she welcomed her second child, a baby boy, last month. During a virtual appearance on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert teased that the 41-year-old The Office star had “good news” to share. “I got something I rarely get these days, which is good news, so if you wouldn’t mind sharing with our audience I think they’d be thrilled to find out something extraordinary that nobody knows up until this moment,” Colbert said.

“I’m telling it for the first time now, it feels so strange. But I gave birth to a baby boy on Sept. 3. This is news to a lot of people. It’s true!” Kaling said. “His name is Spencer. I forgot the most important part of it,” she joked.

The actor-writer-producer said that she was able to keep her second pregnancy largely secret because of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. Kaling’s daughter Katherine Swati was born in December 2017.

[From THR]

I’m really shocked. While she hasn’t been out on red carpets since February, she’s been posting Instagrams pretty regularly and I haven’t gotten a “secret pregnancy” vibe from anything. Maybe she was posting older photos? Hm. She did keep it hidden. Well… this is the year for it.

This interview was really sweet – Colbert and Mindy have been friends for a while, and they crack each other up a lot. It was lovely when he asked her about Hinduism! And the mention of DJ Novak… hm. I still think he’s the father, but I don’t even know.

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  1. Als Em says:

    Same with me. I gave birth last week to the surprise of many of my acquaintances thanks to the lockdown. The lockdown came around when I was just entering the 2nd trimester.

  2. Lucy2 says:

    Wow! Congrats!

  3. fc says:

    there were pap pics of her looking very pregnant some weeks ago

  4. Snazzy says:

    I love how they talked about her Hinduism like it was a totally normal thing. I mean it is, but the world is so polarized today that basic understanding and acceptance can be surprising.

    Also, as a muslim whose family background is the same as Mindy’s, we follow a lot of Hindu traditions too. My hair was shaved in my first year as well, and thrown in a river :)

    • Sarah says:

      I agree, so many people have no or minimal contact with people unlike themselves (ironically the internet which can do so much to counter that often is used to exacerbate ‘them’ and ‘us’) so it’s wonderful to hear people talk about their lives when these are different to what a lot of the audience will be familiar with. I was assigned a grad from our grad scheme to support me on a big project in my last job and she was Jewish. We didn’t have any particular conversations about her faith but just working alongside each other and getting friendly over the course of the year gave me so many fascinating insights into how she lived that I would never have had otherwise.

  5. Chrissy says:

    She must have been posting old pics to her Instagram to trick us all. Congrats Mindy!

    • sassafras says:

      She *just* posted all those bathing suit shots and said “it’s been a weird summer.” And something sort of pinged for me with that caption but I never thought it was because she was pregnant. She’s awesome. I love her and I”m so happy for her.

  6. EMc says:

    There was a blind going around about a famous actress who had been posting lots of pre made content to hide her pregnancy. A lot of people guessed her! I’m happy for her, congrats to Mindy!

  7. souperkay says:

    I totally believe it’s BJ by way of artificial insemination because they’re such good friends but are also cripplingly co-dependent on each other, so taking the sex out of the equation but still being life partners is where they are, not because they don’t want to have a sexual romantic relationship but because they each have their egos and quirks that are preventing personal growth that would allow them to be life partners. Neither are dating anyone else and as reported by Mindy, BJ is extremely present in her life, as godfather and childcare provider.

    • Pix says:

      I’d believe this. I am pretty impressed that she’s kept the paternity under wraps. But, I guess some people care more than others.

    • Alissa says:

      I think this is exactly it.

      At the very least, I think she’s used IVF for both kids. But I do think that BJ is probably the donor.

    • lucy2 says:

      She may have just gotten an anonymous donor too, who knows. But I like that she just decided she wanted kids and did it, without waiting for anyone else.
      I think she and BJ have just grown into being really good friends, and I hope it’s a healthy and fulfilling relationship for them both. Maybe it just took them a while to get to that point.

  8. Sabrina says:

    This wasn’t surprising considering the pictures of her from the Daily Mail a while back. I was surprised that no other outlets picked up on those photos as it was pretty obvious that she was pregnant. She was also hiding her stomach in quite a few of her IG posts.

  9. El says:

    I had my third at forty-two. I was a little more nervous about that pregnancy and didn’t post it on social media so it was a happy surprise for those who didn’t know me as well. Congratulations to Mindy and her family.

  10. Kyla says:

    Katherine and Spencer?

    I wonder if she named her children after Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy? I immediately thought of them after reading the names.

  11. Meredith says:

    Fun fact: Another writer and friend of Mindy’s, Lang Fisher, had a baby via a sperm donor last year. The sperm donor is also a writer and friend of Mindy’s. He and Lang are pretty open about the fact that he’s the father.

    I’m not at all saying he’s Mindy’s sperm donor or that Mindy used one. It’s just a fun fact. 🙂

  12. Sumodo1 says:

    You GO Mindy Kaling!

  13. lana86 says:

    Omg love her!!

  14. Watson says:

    What a happy surprise in such a crappy year! Go mindy!!!

  15. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    Is BJ Novak a good guy? I don’t know their history well.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      They’ve both been pretty open about the fact that while they were working on the Office, they were sort of like Ryan & Kelly–not the same kind of toxicity, but constantly in & out of a relationship. They were also, of course, writing together all the time & they’ve said that it wasn’t even clear to them at points whether they were together or not, much less what anyone else on set might have perceived. I’ve never heard anything bad about BJ. It’s clear that he & Mindy are extraordinarily close & probably always will be, whatever their relationship status.

      • sassafras says:

        I always felt like they were “soul mates.” I hate that term usually, but it seemed like they just really understood and got each other on a mental and spiritual level so it probably turned physical but then it wasn’t really the best thing for them at the time, since they had to work together too. I don’t care about the official status I just want Mindy and her little family – whoever is included – to be happy.

  16. Jojo says:

    I think people(media) are reluctant to discuss large weight gains or loss because they don’t want to be accused of body shaming so that’s why Daily Mail pics weren’t covered more.

  17. Zzzzz says:

    Did she name her kids after an adulterous couple?

  18. Poisonella says:

    She has great taste in clothes or a good stylist. Maybe she just wants to keep her private life private. There’s no coyness about it either- no photo ops at the pumpkin patch-lol!

  19. Holly says:

    Eh, not a surprise if you read the blinds. They called this out long ago.

  20. runaway says:

    Power and love to all us single mothers by choice. I just gave birth to my 2nd on my own. It’s great and I’m so glad that she’s out there demystifying it for us.
    Have always, will always love her.
    MINDY LAHIRI FOREVER!!!

  21. SJ Knows says:

    Congrats on a new baby. Thanks for not being Kardashian and posting 100K pics a day.
    Good for her, she is talented, wealthy, and in good health why wait?
    I’ll take some good news. :)