Well here’s a coronavirus quarantine surprise I don’t think many of us saw coming. Anderson Cooper has officially made the transition from handsome silver news daddy to…well, okay, he’s still that. But now he’s also a literal father.
52-year-old Anderson Cooper made the official announcement last night on Instagram and his CNN show, Anderson Cooper 360°. Anderson explained that while everything seems like it’s currently going to shit, it’s important to hold onto moments of joy. And that’s when he revealed the joyful news that his baby son Wyatt Morgan Cooper was born by a “remarkable surrogate” at a healthy 7.2 lbs on Monday.
CNN's @AndersonCooper is a dad.
"On Monday I became a father. I've never said that out loud and it astonishes me," he said Thursday at the end of the #CNNTownHall.
"I have a son."
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 1, 2020
Anderson explained that his son is named Wyatt, after his late father Wyatt Cooper who died during heart surgery when Anderson was 10 years old. He says that Morgan was on a list of potential baby names that his late mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, and dad made when they were trying to pick a name for Anderson 52 years ago. Then he managed to squeeze at least half an ounce of tears out of my face by saying this:
“I do wish my mom and my dad and my brother Carter were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.”
Gloria Vanderbilt died just under a year ago, while Anderson’s brother Carter Cooper died when Anderson was 21.
Here’s Anderson working some tight biceps while holding Baby Wyatt. Only time will tell if Wyatt inherits his father’s signature silver hair or legendary eye-rolling abilities.
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I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three 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 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, 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. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.
Anderson’s BFF/partner is New Year’s Eve messiness Andy Cohen gave Baby Wyatt a shout-out on Instagram, writing: “New life, new hope! Wyatt Cooper, you couldn’t have come at a better time! I know a friend who can’t wait to meet you!“. Andy is of course talking about his own 14-month-old son, Benjamin. I know Andy is excited for Anderson to have joined the wrist-deep-in-diapers club, but he might be going a little overboard by suggesting that Wyatt couldn’t have come at a better time. I can only imagine the headache you’d get after you go to clean up a massive newborn blowout and realize you used the last of the Clorox to disinfect your door handles.