Anderson Cooper welcomes son Wyatt Morgan Cooper via surrogacy

At first, I just saw the headlines about “Anderson Cooper welcomes a son,” and I thought “that’s nice” and didn’t really think much else. But as I was reading Anderson’s account on social media, I became crazy-emotional. His family’s history is well-known: Anderson lost his father Wyatt Cooper when he was just 10 years old – Wyatt Cooper had a series of heart attacks and he died in surgery. Anderson also lost his brother Carter Vanderbilt Cooper to suicide when Anderson was just 21 years old. For years, it was just Anderson and his mom Gloria Vanderbilt, until she passed away last year. And now he’s a father of a baby boy and Anderson named his son after his late father, and he also referenced his mother’s family in the name. I told you it was emotional!

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.

[From Anderson Cooper’s IG]

I’m not crying. I’m not crying!! OK, I’m totally crying. His mom was so proud of him and she would have loved to see this baby. Also: Anderson really keeps his private life on lockdown now, I can’t figure out if he is currently involved with anyone. I know he had a long-time partner, Benjamin, for years but they split around 2018. There are always rumors about the Coop and Andy Cohen, but… um, Anderson could do better. Is he single right now?

Anderson Cooper at arrivals for 13th Ann...

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  1. Aims says:

    I was also emotional when he talked about his son. The significance of the names he chose was very touching. I’m really happy for him and baby Wyatt. I think this is wonderful and he’s going to be an amazing dad.

  2. Jess says:

    Wow, trying not to full on cry. I didn’t know he had a brother, I just went down a rabbit hole there, his poor mother having to witness his death, Jesus.

    I’m so happy he was able to have a child, and I love the name! Wyatt has always been top on my list of names. And what a sweet thing to find a list of names your parents made, that actually gives me chills.

    Nice to have a positive news story today :) congrats to him!

    • Summer says:

      I just went down that rabbit hole as well. I’m so glad that Anderson has this new happiness, he deserves it.

    • Esmom says:

      I highly recommend his book, Dispatches from the Edge. It’s such a good read. His love for his family and his pain and heartbreak really radiates. I remember yearning to give him a hug when I finished it. Wishing him and his little guy all the best.

    • SueM says:

      He actually has 2 older brothers, from an earlier marriage of his mother to Leopold Stowkowsky.

  3. BlueSky says:

    I watched the video of him talking about the birth of his son this morning and I got emotional seeing him getting emotional. So happy for him.
    And I agree, he can do waaay better than that ass kissing bottom feeder Andy Cohen.

    • Ashley says:

      I don’t think it’s Andy. Andy recently had a kid of his own and it seems wholly separate from Cooper.

      But I agree. Can’t stand Andy Cohen. He was some tv exec who launched a career off of that. I’m sorry but It’s weird. He was so hungry for fame he wasn’t happy just being the producer or whatever his title was. He basically created Bravo for himself. His own personal fiefdom. I remember him not being a nice guy so I’ve avoided anything to do with him. It’s always been weird to me that Anderson and Andy are great friends, not just because he sexualises Anderson but because perhaps Anderson isn’t the intelligent guy he portrays? He has to have something in common with Andy.

  4. Ali says:

    It is a beautiful story.

    Congrats to Anderson!

    • Adrianna says:

      I’m happy for him but why do these super wealthy guys wait so long to become fathers? Was his career not nailed down 10 years ago? Did he not have enough money then to support a child? Oh well, it is what it is, just a thought I had.

      • Nic919 says:

        I think it’s a generational thing, especially for gay men Of a certain age. Until very recently it wasn’t possible for gay men to have a child in the US even adopt one and I suspect seeing Andy Cohen with his baby is what encouraged him to do this.

        I have a friend who has three kids through surrogate with his husband, but in Canada these things were made legal far earlier. He was able to do this in his 30s here whereas Anderson would not have been allowed to do so.

  5. Diana says:

    This story is so beautiful!!!!! Beyond happy for him!!!! What a perfect little baby!!!

  6. Summer says:

    Congrats! That is one lucky kiddo.

  7. VS says:

    I am so happy for Anderson………I love how he named his son. I wish Gloria was still around to see it!

  8. Sofia says:

    Congratulations to Anderson! I’m sure he’ll make a fantastic dad!

  9. BendyWindy says:

    I’m teary eyed.

  10. SJR says:

    Aww, the baby is smiling!
    Congrats to AC. He has had a lot of loss in his life, Glad to see him with baby.
    I think he will be a natural Dad. :)

  11. Yamayo says:

    What a lovely statement.
    Aside from talking about his family, I particularly like his beautiful words about his surrogate.

    Surrogates are so often at dismissed- it was really touching to read about his appreciation.

    And that smiling newborn picture…. I miss newborns- their smells, their little snuffly noises…

  12. Mina_Esq says:

    I’m genuinely happy for AC. He is a good man, and he will be an amazing father. I want him to find his soulmate and live happily ever after with his perfect little family.

  13. Slacker says:

    Congratulations to the new Dad. I’m sure he will be great. i sincerely hope hes not with Andy Cohen who is just insufferable. 🤢🤮

  14. Sunday says:

    His message was touching and beautiful. Huge congrats to both.

  15. TQ says:

    What a lovely story. Congratulations Anderson!

  16. FHMom says:

    New baby! I want to send a gift. I know a handful of people who have met him and they all have wonderful things to say about him. I love the name, also. Congrats.

  17. Jayna says:

    Reading his words is moving, but watching the video of him delivering those words sent me into almost sobs. Everyone really needs to watch the video. I became as choked up as he was. I’m so happy for him.

    • Khl says:

      @Jayna – agreed! Watching his video announcement was so moving, he nearly lost it. Love.

  18. SomeChick says:

    So sweet. As to whether he’s single… not any more. He’s got a family. <3

    • Terry Berngards says:

      Thank you for pointing out whether Anderson Cooper is single.. he has a beautiful son Wyatt! That is his family now, and all he went through, especially during this Pandemic and a US president who is an unfeeling slob. You are blessed

  19. JoJo says:

    I’m getting really p*ssed off by the comments I have read on Instagram saying that he should have adopted because there are kids who need families.Yet when I click on their pages I see they have biological kids.Or others when I asked them how many kids have they adopted, they won’t reply.If a person wants to use a surrogate,IVF,adoption,etc.to become parents that’s their right.

    • Jess says:

      Wow that’s absolutely disgusting, they would never say the same thing to a man married to a woman or a single straight man who used a surrogate, but it’s ok to pick on him because he’s a gay man?!

      • Doodle says:

        Actually they will. My husband’s brother was given up for adoption – long story – and we didn’t know he existed until a few years ago. The comments we got about how he shouldn’t have been given up!!! These are the same people who are adamant that you shouldn’t abort a child because you can always give them up for adoption. Point is, people will always have an opinion without knowing all the facts. FWIW I think my husband’s mom made the right choice for her at the time and would never judge her for being in a situation she couldn’t control.

  20. Catherine says:

    I had a surrogate as well, and LOVE the tribute Anderson gives to his surrogate and her family. I’m so happy for him!! The bond, love and respect between an “intended parent” and surrogate is so humbling.

    Some of us IVF people got very lucky with our timing as well, most clinics have been shut down for the several weeks. My heart breaks for all of the people who have had to end treatments due to COVID. Such an incredibly hard journey!!🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

    And look at Anderson with the ready made formula!!!!!!!!!! It’s a life saver💖💖

  21. Mellie says:

    I’m so happy for him, he seems like such a lovely soul.

  22. Züri says:

    What a lovely and touching announcement and a little ray of sunshine in a difficult time.

  23. TheOriginalMia says:

    It was a lovely announcement. I’m so happy for him and Wyatt.

    The way he was talking Kaiser, I don’t think there is anyone else in his life. It’s just him and Wyatt. So sweet!

  24. Case says:

    This news made me cry. Anderson is someone I consider to be a truly good man by everything I know of him, and I think he’ll make a wonderful father. Baby Wyatt is beautiful, and what a special name!

  25. AnnaKist says:

    Oh, wow. How wonderful is this?!! I’m Down Under, and know very little about Anderson Cooper, although for some strange reason I knew about his family history. I tell you what, this story melted a few icicles from this cold, cynical heart. What a gentleman. He’s one classy guy. I hope the Cooper family is blessed with good health and much love. A Beautiful Story.

  26. Jamie says:

    I don’t think Cohen and Cooper are in a relationship, judging by Cohen’s tweets after Cooper announced the birth of his baby.
    lol, he didn’t even tag the right account. He tagged the show’s twitter account instead of Cooper’s personal account.

  27. Kay says:

    I am SO HAPPY for him! He seems like a great guy. When my sister-in-law was traveling cross-country with my nephew a couple of years ago (he was a few months old), a guy at the airport helped her get her things off of the security belt and told her she had a cute baby. She turned around, and it was Anderson Cooper! I’ve always liked him, but that made me like him even more…just a nice guy, helping a stranger when nobody would have noticed if he hadn’t.

    Wyatt is precious, and it’s so clear from his post and video that this child was desperately wanted. I hope they have a wonderful life together.

  28. 2lazy4username says:

    I love Anderson so much. He’s on my fantasy BFF list.
    Congratulations to him, and welcome to this crazy world, Wyatt!

  29. Cate says:

    Daaawwww the smiling baby pic is too much. So so happy for Anderson and Wyatt and the amazing life they will have. Wyatt is so lucky.

  30. Busyann says:

    I saw this last night when Anderson was handing his show over to Cuomo for the evening. You could see the love and joy and happiness he has. So so sweet and that baby is a cuteeeeeey.

  31. Ann says:

    I’m so happy for him. Truly think losing his mother made him rethink parenthood. If you watched their movie or read their book then you know she wanted it for him really badly. Just fyi his really good friend, Jake Shears, commented “happy for you guys” on the announcement. My two cents is he definitely got back together with Ben as he was also with anderson when his mom was moved for her funeral last year.

  32. La Rhonda says:

    I hate this pompous corporate twat.