Many of you who know the famous CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper probably know that he is gay. If you didn’t know this about Cooper, then I guess you might be surprised to hear this. I must confess that I was equally surprised myself when I first heard that the famous journalist is gay.
For the record, Cooper came out as gay back in 2012. He made the surprising, or if you like, the shocking announcement on July 2, 2012 when he gave the permission to his close friend Andrew Sullivan to publish a statement on his blog The Dish telling the world that he is gay.
In the article published on July 2, 2012 on The Dish, Cooper said the following words: “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself and proud.”
About four years after coming out as gay, Cooper is now opening up about the reason why he came out publicly as gay.
In an interview the famous journalist had with The Daily Beast, Cooper explained why he had to let the world know he is gay and why he came out publicly at the time that he did.
According to the famous newsman, he felt that by saying nothing about his sexuality, he was saying something. He said by not saying anything, it seemed as though he was uncomfortable about who he really was, but according to him, this wasn’t the case. He therefore decided to make it publicly to let the world know that he wasn’t uncomfortable about who he is. He added that he felt that “visibility is important”.
He also revealed for the first time that the day the news of his being gay was published, he was covering a story in a remote region of Botswana, Africa where he had no access to the internet and couldn’t make or receive any phone calls simply because there was no phone connection. As a result of this, none of his friends and family could contact him until three days later after the news was published.
Hmm…one can’t help but wonder whether it was a coincidence that Cooper found himself in a remote part of the world on the very day the news of his being gay was published.
Anyway, it is worth noting that prior to Cooper’s decision to let the whole world know of his sexuality in 2012, he was leading a pretty open gay life. His friends and family knew for several decades that he was gay.
Who is Anderson Cooper dating presently?
As of January 2016, Cooper is dating a man named Benjamin Maisani who owns a gay bar in New York. Cooper and his boyfriend Maisani started dating in 2009. It is currently not clear if the couple has any plans of getting married soon, but in 2014, they purchased a house together in Connecticut.
Cooper, who is one of the most prominent journalists in America, is also currently the most famous openly gay journalist and newsman in the world.