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Why Anderson Cooper Is Co-parenting Son Wyatt with Ex Benjamin Maisani

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jun 12, 2020
08:00 P.M.

Anderson Cooper has spoken up about raising his son, Wyatt Morgan, with his ex-boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani.

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Since Anderson Cooper welcomed his first son and child, Wyatt Morgan, via surrogate in April, he has been over the moon.

Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani attend CNN Heroes 2015 - Show at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani attend CNN Heroes 2015 - Show at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Fans were even happier for him when they learned that he would be sharing his fatherhood journey with his best friend and ex-partner, Benjamin Maisani.

Anderson had also shared how his parents influenced his journey to fatherhood, before their deaths - his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, died in June 2019.

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The CNN anchor has now opened up about the co-parenting situation during an exclusive talk with People for their Pride issue. While pointing out that he knew how “unconventional” raising a child with his ex was, Anderson said:

"I knew what it was like growing up without a dad. If there was ever something that happened to me, I would want Wyatt to be surrounded by love."

The father of one who lost his own dad Wyatt Emory Cooper, during a heart surgery procedure when Anderson was just ten years old, made fans aware of Benjamin’s presence in Wyatt’s life known when he released a statement to People.

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Anderson wrote in the statement that he and Benjamin have remained the best of friends who “will continue to share much of our lives together.”

The journalist has already begun planning for the future as he informed People in another exclusive interview that it would be nice if his son had a sibling along the way.

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During the interview, Anderson had also shared how his parents influenced his journey to fatherhood, before their deaths - his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, died in June 2019.

While noting that it was sad that he was the only person left from his parent’s marriage - his older brother, Carter, died in 1988 - Anderson stated that their union was filled with hope as:

“My dad grew up very poor in Mississippi; my mom, obviously, grew up the way she did.”

Meanwhile, the 52-year-old previously gushed to People about how his dreams have come true with the arrival of baby Wyatt. Anderson said that it feels like his life has “actually begun,” as he used to think that being gay would stop him from becoming a father.

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