Mindy Kaling Announces She Secretly Welcomed Her Third Child

“She’s the best birthday present I could’ve ever imagined.”

Mindy Kaling Secretly Welcomed Her Third Child
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Mindy Kaling now has a family of four. On June 24, the actor celebrated her 45th birthday by announcing that she had secretly welcomed her third child. As she revealed in an Instagram slideshow, Kaling gave birth to her newborn baby girl, Anne, in February 2024, following a pregnancy she kept private.

“In late February I gave birth to my daughter, Anne,” she wrote, captioning the first photo of Anne surrounded by her two siblings. “She’s the best birthday present I could’ve ever imagined.” Kaling is also mom to 6-year-old daughter Katherine, whom she welcomed in December 2017, and 3-year-old son Spencer, whom she gave birth to in September 2020.

In her Instagram announcement post, she included a picture of her baby bump and a snapshot of Katherine and Spencer sitting with her on a hospital bed. “When things are hard, whenever I veer towards cynicism, my three kids are such a great reminder of the pure joy in my life,” she wrote.

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Kaling has famously never revealed the father of her children, and in her caption, she noted how proud she was to be able to welcome and raise kids on her own. “I’m so lucky I live in a place where I could do this by myself, on my own timeline,” she said. “Thanks for all the birthday wishes!”

In 2022, Kaling opened up to Marie Claire about her decision to keep her children’s paternity private, explaining that she’d be happy to speak about it publicly once her own children know the truth and decide how to tell their story.

“I want them to be old enough to talk to me about it and [tell me] how they want me to talk about it,” she said. “I’m the only parent my kids have… I think I err on the side of super cautious so that there’s less things that they can potentially be mad at me about down the line.”

However, she did address speculation that her close friend and The Office co-star B.J. Novak was their dad, revealing that he’s actually their godfather. “They have such a great relationship, and so far, [the rumors] haven’t affected my happiness at all, it hasn’t affected my kids or B.J.,” she said. “If that’s what is going to be titillating to people, I’ll take it.”