Mindy Kaling's latest project: She's a mom times two!
During a virtual appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday, Oct. 8., The Office star announced she quietly welcomed her second child. Mindy gave birth to a baby boy named Spencer on Sept. 3.
"I got something I rarely get these days, which is good news," host Stephen Colbert shared, "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."
As Mindy replied, "Yes, I'm telling it for the first time now. It feels so strange. This is news to a lot of people. It's true!"
"His name is Spencer," she told Stephen. "I forgot the most important part of it."
As it turns out, Mindy had no trouble keeping her pregnancy under wraps. "Keeping it private was easier this time because of quarantine," a source tells E! News. "All of her work was done through Zoom."
She was even able to fool her nearly 6 million Instagram followers. "Mindy actually hasn't been editing herself or her belly in any of her photos," adds the insider. "She carried out instead of wide and she was careful to shoot from specific angles, so you couldn't tell she was pregnant from the pictures of her on social. If you looked at her straight on, you couldn't tell she was pregnant."
The announcement comes on the heels of the release of her second book, Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes). In the collection of personal essays, the 41-year-old opened about motherhood and the possibility of expanding her family once more.
While reflecting on her relationship with a baby nurse she hired by the name of Rose, Mindy wrote, "Rose helped me with everything. The fear of being alone with my baby. The fear of my baby not bonding with me. The fear of me not bonding with her. The fear of not being able to feed her... All these fears were the worst I've ever had in my life, and Rose helped me keep them at bay. She was my mom when I needed a mom, and that wasn't even her job."
She continued, "I told her I don't know if I'll have another baby, but if it meant she would come and live with me, I may just go ahead and do it."
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, she and her daughter, Katherine "Kit" Kaling, have been social distancing in her Los Angeles home, where she and the tot enjoy outfit-of-the-day photoshoots (spoiler alert: the chicest!) and binge-watching Netflix.
However, back in early August, paparazzi spotted the actress sporting what can now be confirmed was a baby bump. For the quick outing to a children's boutique in Hollywood, the producer wore black leggings and a pullover, in addition to her mask.
Mindy hasn't shared details of her pregnancy herself as she's always remained extremely private when it comes to her daughter.
In the two years since Kit's birth, the new mom has only shared photos of her back or hands, but never her face. "It's really essential to my life that there be something not everybody knows about. That's a boundary, but it's a very small boundary. Everything else I really don't have any issue sharing," Mindy previously told Glamour of this decision.
Additionally, Mindy has never disclosed the identity of Kit's biological father. There is a special someone in the mother-daughter duo's life, though.
"The truth is that B.J. is so much more like family now than a platonic friend. He's the godfather to my daughter, he comes over like once a week. Sometimes he'll come over just to hang out with her," Mindy explained at the time.
Mindy broached the subject of single parenting in her new book, and despite some pitfalls, the A-lister is clear about the silver linings.
"Sometimes it's the most liberating and lucky feeling in the world," she wrote in part. "Sometimes I am just so grateful to be an independent woman doing what I want, when I want, that I could cry with gratitude."