Days ago, news anchor and journalist Anderson Cooper revealed to the world that he was the father to a newborn child. Wyatt Morgan Cooper was born via surrogacy and weight 7.2 pounds at birth.
"As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth," Cooper wrote to Instagram at the time.
Most of us rejoiced at the news, given the difficult times we are all in. As Cooper said on-air as he announced the birth of the child: "It is, I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness." But some people, in our comment section specifically, weren't really interested in the moment of happiness, questioning whether Cooper would raise Wyatt as a single-father and accusing him of being selfish. Well, let the son of Gloria Vanderbilt soothe your fears.
"My former partner [Benjamin Maisani] is going to be a co-parent to Wyatt even though we're not together anymore," the AC360 host said in a recent Late Show With Stephen Colbert appearance. Maisani and Cooper dated for over three years, breaking up in 2018. "He's my family, and I want him to be Wyatt's family as well." Maisani is a nightclub owner.
Cooper went on to say that it's "astonishing" to be a father and that sometimes he just stares at Wyatt in disbelief. "I've always dreamed about it but I never actually thought I'd be able to do it," he said of having a child. He likened the experience of seeing Wyatt for the first time as "good" tectonic plates.
The host also talked about how his friendship with Andy Cohen, who also recently became a father, has played a part. Apparently, the birth of Cohen's son was the final push that let Cooper know he could also have a child. In addition, Wyatt is getting a lot of hand-me-downs in terms of clothing. We love the idea of queer family!
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