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CNN's Anderson Cooper Welcomes His First Child via Surrogate

Junie Sihlangu
May 01, 2020
06:28 A.M.
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On Thursday night, journalist Anderson Cooper surprised everyone when he introduced his baby boy to the world. The star made the announcement by sharing photos of the newborn baby.

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Cooper, 52, just became a father to Wyatt Morgan Cooper. The longtime news anchor revealed the news on his Instagram account alongside several images of his son.

The journalist wrote a lengthy note alongside the photos and shared that the little boy’s first name was his late grandfather’s. Cooper’s father passed away at age 50 when he was only 10.

Anderson Cooper at the Turner Upfront held at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse on May 18, 2016, in New York City | Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Anderson Cooper at the Turner Upfront held at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse on May 18, 2016, in New York City | Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

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COOPER WELCOMES SON

Little Wyatt was born on Monday, April 27, 2020, via surrogate. The television host also revealed his big news on his show “Anderson Cooper 360°.”

I am beyond happy

Speaking on the CNN show, Cooper shared how little Wyatt was born weighing in at 7.2 lbs. The new parent described the newborn as “sweet, and soft, and healthy” and emotionally revealed that he was “beyond happy.”

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THE BOY’S MIDDLE NAME

In the Instagram caption, the news anchor also explained that the boy’s middle name was from his mother’s side. Cooper shared how he’d found a list of names his parents had made before he was born; that revealed they liked the name.

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BEING A GAY PARENT

The star’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, died last June at age 95. The journalist also expressed how he’d never anticipated that he could be a father when he was just a little gay child.

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THANKING HIS SURROGATE

He thanked all those who’d made it possible for him today. The star also thanked the surrogate for all she’d done to take care of Wyatt.

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WISHING HIS FAMILY WAS HERE

Cooper added how he wished his mother, father, and brother, Carter, were all alive to meet his son. He imagined his whole family joyously gathered together knowing “that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.”

COHEN CONGRATULATES HIS FRIEND

The star’s friend, Andy Cohen, 51, took to his own Instagram account to celebrate the news. Cohen also included a photo of Cooper gently kissing the little boy on the forehead.

“Watch What Happens Live” host also welcomed his own son, Benjamin Allen, via surrogate last year.

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