Oscar nominated actress Maria Bello believes it is possible to be in a same-sex relationship and still be a good Catholic.
The star of such films as Coyote Ugly, The Cooler and A History of Violence came out as bisexual in 2013 and recently spoke with GLAAD about how she reconciles her sexuality with her faith.
‘I didn’t think I could reclaim the label of Catholic even though I went to 16 years of Catholic school (and) my dearest friend at university was a Catholic priest. He was my partner in so many ways.
‘But then I remembered that it was really a faith based in love, really, at the end.’
She is also encouraged by Pope Francis who has, at times, seemed more accepting of gays, lesbians and bisexuals when compared to his predecessors.
‘I have seen, not only through this Pope, but through so many other supporters, more of an acceptance of every person and every orientation, whatever you do, whoever you are, so I’ve reclaimed that. I’ve reclaimed that.’