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Anderson Cooper Is a Dad

CNN anchor announces birth of his son, Wyatt Morgan Cooper
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2020 12:18 AM CDT
Updated May 1, 2020 5:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Anderson Cooper is a father, a milestone the CNN anchor says for a while he didn't believe would ever happen. Cooper announced the birth of his son, Wyatt, Thursday evening on his show and in a lengthy Instagram post. His son was born on Monday via a surrogate, the newsman said, and is named after his father who died when Cooper was 10, the AP reports. The baby's middle name, Morgan, is also a family name, as well as a name his parents considered for Cooper. “On Monday, I became a father. I’ve never actually said that before out loud, and it still kind of astonishes me,” Cooper said on his show, AC360. The anchor said he felt it was important, amid stories about those who are suffering and dying during the coronavirus pandemic, to “hold on to moments of joy.”

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“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,” Cooper wrote on Instagram. “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.” Cooper, 52, said he regretted that his parents and brother were not alive to meet his son. Cooper's mother, Gloria Vanderbilt died in July at 95. His brother, Carter, died by suicide in 1988, when he was 23. "I like to believe they can see him," Cooper wrote. "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." (Read more Anderson Cooper stories.)

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