Anderson Cooper is now a proud father of a baby boy.
Cooper, 52, shared photos of his newborn baby, Wyatt Morgan Cooper.
Wyatt Morgan Cooper, was born on weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces.
“It has been a difficult time in all of our lives, and there are certainly many hard days ahead,” Cooper said. “It is, I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness. Even as we mourn the loss of loved ones, we are also blessed with new life and new love.”
That’s how he introduced his own joyful news: “I became a father,” he said. “I’ve never actually said that before, out loud, and it still kind of astonishes me. I am a dad. I have a son. And I want you to meet him.”
Cooper, who is openly gay, said in his on-air announcement that he never thought it would be possible to have a child, and he is so grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in his son’s birth.
“Most of all,” he said, “I am eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, watched over him lovingly, tenderly, and gave birth to him.”
The news came as a big surprise to CNN viewers, as he had not spoken publicly about his plans to have a baby.
In Cooper’s Instagram post:
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.
Cooper’s father, who died when he was 10 years old, was named Wyatt, while his son’s middle name, Morgan, is a name from the family tree of his mother Gloria Vanderbilt who died last year.
Now Cooper is passing the name to a new generation. “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was,” he said during the announcement.