January Jones Finally Addresses Baby Daddy Mystery & Doesn't Pull Any Punches

January JonesIf you've been inclined to think of actress January Jones as, let's say, not a particularly warm and friendly person, it's unlikely that her recent New York Times interview will do much to convince you otherwise. The interviewer somewhat predictably compared her to Betty Draper, the "sweet and sullen character" she plays on Mad Men, and says Jones' glamorous demeanor is "as wintry as her name." Jones was also put on the spot to share a particular detail about her personal life that may have endeared her to her detractors -- but she was having none of it. According to January Jones, the identity of the mystery man who fathered her 20-month-old son Xander is none of our business.

Was this the sort of response that will, once and for all, erase Jones' reputation as a stone-cold bitch? Not even a little bit. Is she right? Well, of course she is. 

Plenty of rumors have swirled about who Jones' babydaddy might be, but she's been famously tight-lipped about this subject along with pretty much everything else about her personal life. The New York Times piece suggests that this sort of attitude might be contributing to the way people perceive her:

Fans might relate better to her if she did discuss her private life, but the prospect seems not to interest her.

It's true that Jones comes across as something of an anomaly in the Kardashian-drenched world of oversharing, but personally, I suspect her chilly persona has a little more to do with with how she actually comes across face to face, rather that what she chooses to discuss about herself. Orrrrr maybe it has to do with statements like this:

The bitches in high school were bitches because I was pretty.

Regardless of whether her prickly ice queen reputation is deserved, she's definitely not down with making herself seem more likable by spilling any details about her son's paternity. As she put it,

That's my son's business. It's not the public's business.

Well, good for her. She has every right to keep that information private, and while I really don't fault The New York Times for hoping to be the first publication to get the big babydaddy scoop, it was pretty obnoxious to ask.

Jones went on to explain a little about why she keeps her personal information close to the vest:

Jack Nicholson once told me: "You should never give your personal life away, otherwise people will pick you apart. They'll never believe in your character." (...) Women should have lots of secrets. It's our right to have secrets. Otherwise, what would we write in our memoirs?

Unfortunately, wanting privacy certainly doesn't guarantee she'll get it, but I totally respect her stance. Hopefully she'll be able to keep the media from revealing this information before she and her family are ready.

What do you think about January Jones' answer about who her son's father is?


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LostS... LostSoul88

You're calling her a bitch because she won't tell people who the father of her child is? Really? IT IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS! That's between her, her child and the fatehr of the child. No one else's. 

ashjo85 ashjo85

It's totally true, that Nicholson quote. Look at Brad Pitt. People are so far up in his business that when he takes a role, all you see in Angie's baby daddy. The mystique is gone, I think.

lindy... lindylouwho

She's right, it is no one's business.  I just hope that if the father wants to be a part of his son's life he's getting that chance.  Hopefully she had the decency to let him know he has a child.  

Sarah Cazier

The only one who used the 'bitch' word was JJ herself. .. and well, it certainly made me think to myself... "jeeze, what a bitch!" As for keeping her private life private, more power to her. She just doesnt have to be such a bitch about it.

sylph... sylph_ironlight

Disregarding anything else about her (I don't watch Mad Men or follow her personal life), her answer was forthright and honest. I didn't find it bitchy at all. It's no one else's business on who the father of her son is besides her, the father, and her son. How would you like it if you were constantly hounded to give up the paternity of your child when you didn't want to? She could have said it a lot more bluntly.

Serab... Serabelle

I say go her! Actors who over share their lives become less believable in their rolls. Their own lives tend to cloud the audiences ability to se them as the character, instead we insert their actual identity into the roll. If she doesn't want to share, then she doesn't have to. If the father has chosen to not be involved, that's between them. If he is involved, that's also between them. If it was a sperm donor, that is her business! Ps, she is pretty, and high schoolers are notorious for being mean to other girls, so maybe she was telling the truth. No need to get jealous!

bleed... bleedingheart8D

She and Jon Hamm both have made it clear that their private lives are not for the public's delight. I say good for them. I need to learn to pull back my private life as well. It's a lesson we all need to take to heart in today's information soaked age.

nonmember avatar PunkFiction

That baby looks a lot like her ex Jason Sudekis...

Kristina White

This isn't Maury!  lol damn, it really is no ones business who the daddy is.  Do I go around asking you if you're menstrating?  No, same difference, none of my business.

MamaC... MamaCatShively

I say more power to her.  As much as I enjoy reading what my favorite celebs are up to that doesn't mean I need to know EVERYTHING about them.  I was excited for her to be a Mom and I'm glad she has been able to have a life seperate from being a movie and TV star.  I think you lose a part of yourself in Hollywood if you let the entire world into your life.  And she is right - who her son's father is is none of anyones business but her families.

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