Anderson Cooper welcomed his first child back in April, and he’s since given us some insight into how he’s coping with becoming a new dad in a brand new interview…
The love one feels for their offspring is second to none.
And it gives many parents an immense sense of pride.
Like Wyatt Morgan, Anderson Cooper’s baby boy who has already been awarded a title at just 6-months-old!
He went on to study at the prestigious Yale University and, after earning a B.A. in political science, he got a job as a fact-checker for Channel One News – a news program broadcast in many American middle and high schools.
Cooper forged a press pass and traveled to Southeast Asia, where he self-produced coverage of the political turmoil in Myanmar, as per Britannica.
And later, promoted Cooper as its chief international correspondent.
And he’s a face that we’re all familiar with seeing on our screens.
The star joined ABC as a reporter eventually went on to coanchoring World News Now, the network’s overnight news program.
The star made the decision to leave news reporting to host ABC’s prime-time reality television show The Mole.
It wasn’t long until he returned to the newsroom once more.
And, just 2 years later, he became the anchor of his own program – Anderson Cooper 360°.
At the same time as anchoring his own show, he was still regularly contributing to CNN’s Newsnight.
The journalism veteran received national attention for his reporting on the devastation to the U.S. Gulf Coast caused by Hurricane Katrina.
In 2012, Anderson publicly came out as gay. And more recently, the star opened up about what it was like to come out to his family and friends.
“I came out in high school to my friends. I was in love with this guy and I was so desperate, I just asked all my friends how I could get him. And I sort of always felt like I was out, I had boyfriends, I’d go dancing, I’d go to bars and stuff. But reporters didn’t really talk about their personal lives,” he explained in a 2019 interview with EW.
“And then, with Twitter and the internet, suddenly you could access something about anybody. And the expectation became, ‘You’re a public person, you should be public.’ And in the world of journalism, that was kind of still… I don’t know. It was a difficult thing to navigate.
“I was traveling in the Middle East a lot. I spent most of my early years in war zones. And I’d gone to a lot of countries where it’s illegal and where, at the time, I had no security. I was by myself in Somalia and all these places and it was just easier not to say something. But I reached a point where, by not saying something, I realized I was saying something. Oftentimes you hear, ‘Well why should I have to come out? I’m open in my private life. I’m not hiding anything. I never pretended.’ But it does make a difference.”
“So, I thought about it a long time. I spent a lot of time writing out an explanation, a letter. And I decided not to try to make a big deal about it at the time. I just published it on a website of a friend of mine, Andrew Sullivan, and that was it. It was actually funny because I was in Africa shooting something when it was published and I didn’t realize I was in a place that had absolutely no cell phone service for three days.
“But as soon as I got to Johannesburg, my phone lit up. And I’d realized I’d forgotten to tell my mom I was making this announcement. I’d come out to her a long time ago, but she was like, ‘Oh, you could’ve given me a heads up!'”
Announcing the birth of his son!
“I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father,” he wrote. “He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy.”
“And I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.”
And the meaning behind it is truly heartwarming.
“This is Wyatt Cooper. He is 3 days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son’s middle name is Morgan. It’s a family name on my mom’s side.
“I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made fifty-two years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son,” he added.
And recently revealed how he wishes he wouldn’t have held off parenthood for so long.
During an appearance on SiriusXM’s Quarantined with Bruce on Friday, he spoke about his new life as a dad…
“I don’t think I would have made the decision if I didn’t feel I was really ready, and I definitely feel like this is absolutely what I should be doing. I wish I had done it sooner,” he says. “I’ve been able to spend whole days, all my time with him really, during this pandemic. It’s been amazing.”
“I’ve never woken up early in the morning, but I now bolt out of bed at 7 without an alarm clock and I want to be there when he wakes up at 8:45,” adds Cooper of how his life has changed since entering fatherhood. “I just love every aspect of it. It’s truly the greatest thing ever. I feel like what was I doing before? I don’t know.”
“There’s something about having a child that makes you feel connected to what is happening and you want to make sure that the world this child is growing up in is a better one. You suddenly worry much more about the future of all of us,” he said.
“I cry at things I never cried at before,” he said. “And Benjamin, I’ve never seen him cry, but I couldn’t believe how weepy he gets with Wyatt. I find myself being overwhelmed with emotion, and it’s a lovely thing.”
“I need to probably sleep a little bit more and clear my head, but I think it would be great, one day, to have a brother or sister for Wyatt,” he said.
We can’t wait to see what the future holds!
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