Anderson Cooper is the father to a beautiful baby boy named Wyatt Morgan Cooper!
At the end of CNN’s global town hall on the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday night, the anchor announced that he welcomed his bundle of joy via surrogate on Monday.
“On Monday, I became a father,” he said of his son, who weighed in at 7 lbs., 2 oz. “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.”
After the broadcast shared sweet images of baby Wyatt, the 52-year-old journalist noted that “Wyatt” is from his father Wyatt Cooper, who passed away when Anderson was 10, and “Morgan” is a family moniker from his mother Gloria Vanderbilt, who passed away last June from stomach cancer at age 95.
Anderson also revealed that his parents thought of the name “Morgan” for him, based on a list that he recently found while going through his mother’s belongings.
“I know my mom and dad liked the name Morgan, because while I was going through her things recently, I found a list they’d made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Morgan was on the list,” he explained. “So that’s Wyatt Morgan Cooper, my son.”
Though Anderson, who is openly gay, once believed he was unable to start a family, he expressed gratitude to those “who paved the way,” including doctors, nurses, and his gestational carrier, who has a “supportive husband” and a “beautiful family of her own.”
“Most of all, I am eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, watched over him lovingly, tenderly, and gave birth to him,” Cooper exclaimed. “It’s an extraordinary blessing which she and all surrogates give to families who can’t have children.”
While he wishes his mom, dad, and older brother Carter — who committed suicide in 1988 — had the chance to meet baby Wyatt, Anderson would “like to believe that they can see him.”
“I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing and watching, looking down on us — happy to know that their love is alive in me, and in Wyatt, and that our family continues,” Cooper concluded. “A new life, and new love.”
CNN's @AndersonCooper is a dad.— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 1, 2020
"On Monday I became a father. I've never said that out loud and it astonishes me," he said Thursday at the end of the #CNNTownHall.
"I have a son."
Wyatt Morgan Cooper was born on Monday weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces.https://t.co/Gsg9MgwyzM pic.twitter.com/sforNP3sBF
Congratulations, Anderson, on your new addition!