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Inside Anderson Cooper's Converted Firehouse Where He Lives with Kids He Shares with His Best Friend

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 09, 2022
12:30 P.M.
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Anderson Cooper and his ex-boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani, are co-parenting two children who live with the journalist. The trio lives in a fire station that he converted to accommodate the offspring. 

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On February 10, 2022, Anderson Cooper announced the birth of his second child on the "Anderson Cooper 360" program. The CNN anchor shares the boy with his former longtime partner and best friend, Benjamin Maisani.

Benjamin is a businessman who decided to open his bar, "Eastern Bloc," after working at one. He built relationships with celebrities at his establishment, and one of these people was Anderson.

Anderson and Wyatt Cooper posing together on July 13, 2020, and snippets of his West Village home. | Source: Instagram/andersoncooper, Facebook/Kevin Hart, and Google Maps

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The journalist used to frequent the bar, and that's probably where the pair fell in love. According to Wealthy Persons, Benjamin's net worth was estimated at around eight million dollars; in his announcement about his new son, Anderson introduced him by stating:

"This is Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper... 6.8 pounds at birth, healthy and happy [with] occasional [adorable] hiccups. He mostly sleeps, eats and poops, but already seems wise and thoughtful."

Anderson Cooper at the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss "Nothing Left Unsaid" in New York on April 15, 2016. | Source: Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images

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The co-parent also took the time to thank the nurses and doctors who helped bring the little boy into the world. Anderson also showed gratitude to the surrogate who carried his second son.

He thanked the woman and her family for the sacrifices they made and the love they gave Sebastian over the past year. It wasn't the first time the television personality announced the birth of his children on-air.

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In April 2020, he took a moment on CNN to reveal the birth of his first son, Wyatt Morgan Cooper. On February 25, 2022, Anderson was interviewed on "Live with Kelly and Ryan," where he updated viewers about how Wyatt was bonding with Sebastian, saying:

"They seem to be getting along really well. I mean, 'Getting along well' — Sebastian sleeps. He can't say Sebastian yet, he calls him Luke. So every morning he wants to go say 'Good morning, Luke.'"

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After Benjamin's birth, Anderson took three weeks off to be with his newborn son by taking paternity leave. Speaking with Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa before taking the break, he shared how he was enjoying the time with his boys, noting:

"It's great to be able to come home and decompress."

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The journalist also revealed the nightly bonding routine he had with Wyatt saying, "And every night to be able to feed Wyatt and give him his milk, he falls asleep on my chest, and there's nothing better."

Benjamin, a property and nightclub owner, started co-parenting with Anderson when Wyatt was born. The news anchor explained that he would co-parent with his ex even though they weren't dating anymore, adding, "We're a family."

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Anderson made it clear that little Sebastian would be brought up by him and Benjamin, saying, "We're co-parents. We're a family." Benjamin was already legally adopting their first child, who calls him "papa."

The older boy gave the television personality the title of "daddy." When the adoption is finalized, Wyatt's last name will be changed to incorporate both parents,' Maisani-Cooper, like Sebastian's. 

ANDERSON'S RELATIONSHIP & CO-PARENTING WITH BENJAMIN MAISANI

Benjamin Maisani and Anderson Cooper at Elton John AIDS Foundation's 14th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit on November 2, 2015, in New York City. | Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

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Anderson and Benjamin started seeing each other in 2009, went public with the relationship in 2015, and revealed they'd broken up in 2018. The couple might not be in a relationship before, but they were so well bonded that the star revealed:

"Maisani is going to be a co-parent to Wyatt even though we're not together anymore. He's my family, and I want him to be Wyatt's family as well."

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In September 2021, Anderson spoke to People magazine about the strange co-parenting arrangement between him and his ex. He confessed that it worked for them and Wyatt, noting:

"It's probably an unusual setup, but I knew he would be a great dad, and he is. We're exes, but we're family to each other, and we love each other as family and as co-parents."

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The CNN anchor regularly shares updates on his older son and once revealed how frustrated he'd missed Wyatt's first steps. However, Benjamin rarely updates but once said his ex changed when Wyatt was born, and Anderson explained their co-parenting arrangement, stating:

"I've always believed that if you've been with somebody and that ends, in terms of an intimate relationship, if you love somebody, there's no reason why that love shouldn't continue."

Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani at Kathy Griffin's Carnegie Hall Performance official afterparty on November 8, 2013, in New York City. | Source: Rob Kim/Getty Images

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In February 2021, during a "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" interview, the journalist confessed to host Ellen DeGeneres that he and Benjamin once wanted different things to start a family. The star elaborated:

"It's interesting, because he wasn't really sure he wanted to have a kid—which is one of the reasons we probably broke up—but then, he came around to the idea. Now he is such a great parent."

INSIDE ANDERSON'S FIREHOUSE, WHERE HE LIVES WITH HIS KIDS

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On June 9, 2020, Anderson gave People a tour of the home that he converted from a fire station. Viewers got to see what Wyatt's nursery looked like with its central theme, blue, featuring throughout the space. 

The nursery was still in progress, and some photos hadn't been hung up yet. One painting, done by Anderson's late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, of herself and the star's late father, who Wyatt was named after. 

Kevin Hart and David Beckham shooting an H&M advert in Anderson Cooper's West Village home uploaded on  September 28, 2015. | Source: Kevin Hart/facebook

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Another image showed Anderson's handprint when he was a child. One corner of the room had lots of stuffed animals that once belonged to the journalist, while the blue wallpaper had a beetle design, and a paper mache cupid was hung up above the baby's white crib.

The CNN anchor explained that he wanted all the items in his son's room to have personal history and significance. A changing area and a picture of Benjamin and his sister when they were younger were added to the room.

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Anderson bought the 8,240 square feet Greenwich Village, New York firehouse in September 2010 for $4.3 million. It had its original brass fire poles, dry hoses, spiral staircases, and walls with murals showing off the fire station's history.

In 2015, David Beckham and Kevin Hart shot an H&M campaign in Anderson's [Cooper] home.

In September 2018, the "60 Minutes" corre­spondent indirectly showed his house off to The Hollywood Reporter while spending three days with the publication. The star lived with Lilly, his Welsh springer spaniel, and he and Benjamin had broken up earlier that year.

Kevin Hart and David Beckham shooting an H&M advert in Anderson Cooper's West Village home uploaded on September 28, 2015. | Source: Kevin Hart/facebook

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The home's kitchen boasts an island and Anderson. He spent years restoring it and installed an elevator while the second floor has a salon with taxidermy and Old Master paintings plus hand-painted signs that he collected during trips to Cuba and Africa.

Including his great-great-grandfather's Civil War commissioning notice, the star's personal artifacts are also featured in the home. A photo by his late friend, Tim Hetherington, shows a younger Anderson in Afghanistan.

Kevin Hart and David Beckham shooting an H&M advert in Anderson Cooper's West Village home uploaded on September 28, 2015. | Source: Kevin Hart/facebook

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Another item that stood out in his home was an 18th-century Italian marble, Memento Mori. The firehouse, built in 1906, was renovated by architect Cary Tamarkin with the 20th-century Beaux-Arts building's interiors.

In 2015, David Beckham and Kevin Hart shot an H&M campaign in Anderson's home. The advert allowed fans to view the CNN anchor's beautiful home showing off its living room, gym, roof terrace, and one of his bedrooms.

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