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Anderson Cooper Reveals Why His Ex Is Co-Parenting Wyatt

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He also answered a big question for gay dads: daddy or papa?

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Since announcing the birth of his son Wyatt Morgan Cooper, it has felt like Anderson Cooper has been a press tour. And that's not shade, just feels like a fact: the journalist has been doing quite a few interviews. It's likely due to people needing something new to fascinate over -- and we are certainly not complaining. We actually love hearing about how the AC360 host is finding fatherhood.

Last week, Cooper revealed in a Late Show with Stephen Colbert appearance that property owner (and his ex) Benjamin Maisani would co-parent Wyatt. Now, the reporter has explained the decision more, revealing to The Howard Stern Show exactly why.

"I don't really have a family, so my friends have become my family," Cooper said. Both of his parents have died. "This is somebody I was involved with for 10 years. He's a great guy. We didn't work out as a couple but ... when I was a little kid, it was just my mom and my brother, but it was my mom. She was not the most parental person and I wish some adult, after my dad died, had stepped in and just been like, 'You know what, I'll take you to a ball game or let's go out to lunch.'

"No one ever did that," he continued. "So I thought well if something happens or even if something doesn't happen to me but if more people love my son and are in his life, I'm all for that.

"My ex is a great guy and I think it's good to have two parents if you can," Cooper finished.

And then Stern asked the big question: "Will you both be dad?"

"Well my ex is French -- his name is Benjamin," Cooper responded. "So he's going to speak in French to the kid. And he's going to be like papa and I think I'll be dad, daddy."

Two dads, two languages? What more can you ask for?

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.