After six years and one summer blockbuster, Cynthia Nixon is gearing up for another Sex and the City. As convincing as her character is, there is much more to Cynthia’s life than Manolos, men, and martinis.
Cynthia is a breast cancer survivor and out of the closet lesbian. She was married to a man, Danny Mozes, for 15 years and has children Samantha, 13, and Charles, 7. After the divorce, she slowly came out of the closet and began dating her current partner Christine Marinoni in 2004.
For kids who were used to seeing mom with a man, this was no doubt a shock and confusing. When Cynthia started to consider Christine as a possible partner, she paid more attention to her girlfriend’s capacity to care for her kids than she did any questions about her own sexual orientation. “Maybe I’m just lucky, but I feel like Christine is so amazing with our kids—because they’re our kids. I feel like falling in love with her is part of being amazed at how she makes our family so much better,” she tells The Advocate.
Christine is the one who stays home with the kids while Cynthia works. Daughter Samantha began calling her mother “Mommy” and Christine “Ma,” and the names stuck.
For Charlie, teachers at school helped him adapt. “His teachers were just so great about it,” Cynthia says, “because they were the first people that started referring to ‘Charlie’s moms,’ which is so lovely, and we really hadn’t done that yet. So Charlie came home one day and he said [to Christine], ‘You’re my mommy too!’”
Cynthia picked up on this and began to call Christine Mama as well. “I said, ‘Charlie, where’s Mama Christine? Is Mama Christine in the other room? Would you take this to Mama Christine? What does Mama Christine want for breakfast?’ I did this a nauseating amount, and one morning we’re at breakfast and Christine is in the shower and Charlie says, ‘Where’s Papa?’ My daughter says ‘Papa? You mean Daddy?’ And he said ‘No, Papa! Christine!’ He’d come up with this masculine name for her.”
It may be non traditional, but who cares! They sound like one big happy family! Cynthia and Christine are engaged to be married as soon as it becomes legal in New York.