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Anderson Cooper announces birth of son Wyatt Morgan Cooper

The CNN anchor said he never thought it was possible for a gay man to have a child.

Anderson Cooper announces birth of son Wyatt Morgan Cooper

(Photo: The New York Times/Michael Nagle)

In today’s news, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper announced via Instagram that he became a father on Apr 27.

The long post, along with various pictures of the veteran journalist sharing tender moments with his new son, Wyatt Morgan Cooper, was uploaded on May 1.

Cooper wrote: "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."

"He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy,” he wrote.

The silver-haired newscaster revealed that the baby is named after his father Wyatt Emory Cooper, who passed away when he was 10 years old. The middle name, Morgan, is given to honour his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who died in June 2019.

Cooper shared that as a gay man, he never thought this day would come. “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.”

He also expressed gratitude to “a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him”.

He wrote: “It is an extraordinary blessing - what she, and all surrogates give to families who can’t 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”.

Cooper ended his Instagram post wishing his parents and deceased brother Carter were alive to meet little Wyatt.

“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,” he wrote.

Source: CNA/bk