'I'm blissfully happy': Anderson Cooper tells Ellen DeGeneres about the joys of being a new dad

By Zach Harper

Anderson Cooper loves being a dad!

The 52-year-old CNN anchor appeared on Ellen DeGeneres's show on May 14 to talk about becoming a father. On April 30, his son, Wyatt Morgan, came into the world with the help of a surrogate mother.

"I'm blissfully happy," he told Ellen, beaming from ear-to-ear as he told her about his little boy.

"A lot of people are rescuing and adopting puppies during this time, and you decided, 'No, I'm going to get myself a baby,'" Ellen joked.

"Yeah, the shelter was all out of puppies, so I took the extra step," he quipped back.

Anderson, who said he's wanted to have a family of his own forever and thought it wasn't possible for years since he's gay, sweetly apologized for having a burp stain on his shirt courtesy his little guy. He also shared he's having the best time just watching his son do absolutely nothing in quarantine.

"He goes through a whole range of emotions on his face while he's sleeping. It's really... I mean, it's better than Netflix," he said.

The proud papa also told Ellen while raising a kid in a pandemic is scary, people have continued to have children and bring them up during scarier situations throughout world history.

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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.

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Anderson hadn't appeared on Ellen's show in 10 years, and lots has obviously happened during that time. She also pointed out that the last time they spoke on the program, he hadn't come out publicly. The star told the world he was gay in 2012, though for a long time, he didn't want to discuss his private life, despite his family, friends and workplace knowing for years.

"But it got to a point in my life where... by not saying something, that seemed like I was indicating that I was somehow ashamed of something or not happy being gay. And the complete opposite has always been the case," he told Ellen.

The new dad went on to tell the talk show host he'd been very proud of her own coming out in the 1990s and had seen how her visibility changed things for LGBTQ+ people around the world.

The son of late fashion designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt told Ellen he considers his sexual orientation one of his life's greatest "blessings," and says he also feels the same way about Wyatt. Anderson has since said he and ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani will co-parent the little boy despite no longer being a couple.

We're glad Anderson is happy, comfortable and living his truth! It will make all the difference for his son, and he's going to be an amazing dad.

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