CNN news broadcaster Anderson Cooper thought that as a gay man, he would never become a father. The birth of his son Wyatt brought him so much joy that he now has another kid.
Ever since Anderson Cooper announced the birth of his son, Wyatt, in April 2020, he has gushed about how much he loves parenting. Not even changing diapers seemed to bother him.
The CNN broadcaster surprised his fans by revealing the birth of his second child, who he also shares with his ex-partner. Read on and see Cooper’s growing family and his emotional CNN announcement.
BIRTH OF HIS FIRST SON, WYATT
Cooper’s life significantly changed after coming out as gay in 2012. He is currently described as the most prominent openly gay journalist on American TV and even became the first openly LGBT person to moderate a presidential debate.
All those accomplishments seemed like nothing compared to the birth of his first child, Wyatt. He was born via surrogate on April 27, 2020, and Cooper announced his birth three days later through a touching Instagram post.
He revealed the boy was 7.2 pounds at birth and got his name from Cooper’s father, Wyatt Emory Cooper, who passed away when the journalist was ten. Wyatt’s middle name, Morgan, is a family name from Cooper’s mom’s side.
He admitted to choosing Morgan because he found it on a list of names his parents made when they tried to think of one for him five decades ago.
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Cooper thanked the gay people who paved the way before him, the doctors who helped deliver Wyatt, and the baby’s “remarkable” surrogate mother. Cooper said:
“When I was 12 years old and knew I was gay and thought about my life, it always upset me because I thought, ‘I will never be able to have a kid.’”
“DIAPERS AREN’T EVEN THAT HARD”
Cooper prepared to become a father by getting many parenting books. He never read them, though. Still, he thinks he is “doing okay” even though he has failed to stick to some of his original plans.
He didn’t want Wyatt to see a screen device until he was “30,” but it was impossible. Now, the toddler is “fascinated” by phones. Cooper didn’t want to use the phone with his kid around, but he has failed at that, too.
Giving Wyatt a sibling would be “nice.”
Luckily, the news broadcaster has loved everything about parenting, including looking at Wyatt opening his eyes and smiling in the mornings and changing diapers.
Most parents struggle with diapers, but not Cooper. Cooper thinks changing them is “sweet” and not “that hard.” However, one of the things he loves the most about Wyatt is how he interacts with others.
When Cooper takes his toddler out, he would walk around and look at strangers. Once they made eye contact, the boy would laugh. Cooper is “annoyingly” charmed by everything his son does.
He understands Wyatt will eventually grow up and won’t let him kiss him or even hold his hand, so he tries to “rub his tummy” as much as possible before that happens.
The CNN journalist revealed in September 2021 that having another child was not out of the picture, mainly because giving Wyatt a sibling would be “nice.”
COOPER’S KIDS WON’T INHERIT HIS MONEY
Although Cooper loves his children and comes from a famous and wealthy family (his mother was actress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt), he won’t leave his fortune to his children.
He admitted his kids wouldn’t receive a “pot of gold,” and as Vanderbilt did with him, everything will be paid for until college. After that, his children’s future will be in their own hands.
Cooper, who reportedly makes around $12 million a year from his CNN contract, pointed out that inheriting millions was a curse because it could kill a person’s drive to succeed.
Sebastian had “a lot more hair” than Wyatt when he was born.
ANNOUNCING THE BIRTH OF HIS SECOND KID
On February 10, 2022, Cooper surprised his CNN audience by announcing that he had just welcomed his second child. While photos of Wyatt appeared onscreen, Cooper said:
“If he looks particularly happy in this picture is because he now has a baby brother. His name is Sebastian, and I would like you to meet him.”
Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper was 6.8 pounds at birth, and Wyatt calls him Luke. His “occasional hiccups” are adorable to Cooper, who admitted his baby already seemed like a “wise and thoughtful little chap.”
The CNN anchor thanked the doctors and nurses who helped bring his baby into the world and sent a heartfelt message to his son’s surrogate. He credited her and her family for the sacrifices they made and the love they gave Sebastian.
During the past months, Cooper has felt his late mom, dad, and brother watching over his family, and he also feels their love for Sebastian now.
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Although Cooper never ruled out the possibility of having a second kid, the baby news shocked his fans because he never announced he was expecting another kid.
After revealing he was much calmer with his second baby, Cooper admitted Sebastian had “a lot more hair” than Wyatt when he was born. He said he would take the next couple of weeks off to spend time with his family.
CO-PARENTING WITH HIS EX-PARTNER
Cooper and his best friend and ex-partner, Benjamin Maisani, are co-parenting Wyatt and Sebastian. Wyatt calls Cooper “daddy” and Maisani “papa ” to differentiate the two.
Maisani is adopting Wyatt to make things official, so the boy will soon have his surname changed to Maisani-Cooper.
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Maisani is a French nightclub mogul. He runs four clubs in New York: two in East Village, one in Hell’s Kitchen, and one and Williamsburg.
Cooper and Maisani announced they were no longer a couple in March 2018 – they parted ways after almost a decade together. However, Cooper confessed they remained best friends and would keep sharing much of their lives. What a beautiful family!