Mindy Kaling has everyone guessing about her relationship with BJ Novak

Over the years, Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak have garnered attention for their unique dynamics. According to People, the former “The Office” screen couple dated at times from 2004 to 2007. Then, in 2015, Kaling told InStyle (via Insider), “I’ll admit it: My relationship with BJ Novak is weird as hell. He’s not my boyfriend, but he’s not my best friend.” Struggling to put a label on their relationship, she continued, “I think you could describe our relationship as ‘romantically charged camaraderie with rowdy arguments,’ but I don’t think Facebook would accept that as a new status.”

In 2019, Kaling Novak revealed as the godfather of her then only child, Katherine. She told Good Housekeeping, “The truth is, BJ is so much more family now than a platonic friend.” Because of their close relationship, many fans assumed Novak is the biological father of Kaling’s children, Spencer and Katherine. In a 2019 article for The New York Times, Kaling addressed her decision not to speak publicly about the father of her child, saying, “My feeling is that I will not speak to anyone about this until I am with my daughter talk about it.” But Kaling’s recent social media post continues to leave fans wondering about the status of her and Novak’s relationship.

Mindy Kaling mentions BJ Novak in an Instagram post

Mindy Kaling doesn’t confirm or deny rumors in her latest post on Instagram. On August 28, she posted a series of photos with her daughter Katherine at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, and one of the photos showed BJ Novak holding her baby girl. She captioned the pics: “My four year old had the best night of her life at our star party + Saturn spotting at @griffithobservatory! We kept her up well past her bedtime and it was worth it even though it was cloudy last night. She then greeted Novak and said, “Thank you @bjnovak for sharing your passion for astronomy and for @orionbearastronomy and @griffithobservatory for a spectacular night!”

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Of course, people in the comments were quick to jump to conclusions. One fan wrote, “He’s the dad.” Another person commented, “I know we should have moved on from this or whatever but you can’t convince me BJ isn’t Mindy’s baby daddy!

But these emphatic remarks don’t seem to worry the actor. In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Kaling commented on the rumors that Novak was the father of her children, saying, “It doesn’t bother me. He is godfather to both of my children – and they have such a great relationship – and so far [the rumors haven’t] didn’t affect my happiness at all, it didn’t affect my kids or BJ… If that will energize people I will take it.