Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper are close friends who have both experienced the same major life change in the past year or so. Cohen welcomed his son Benjamin in February 2019, and Cooper just became the dad of a son he named Wyatt. The Watch What Happens Live host just revealed that he is sure Benjamin and Wyatt will grow up to be besties just like their dads.
On Sunday morning, Cohen answered some fan questions on his Instagram Story, and the topic of a potential Benjamin and Wyatt friendship immediately came up. When a fan asked Cohen if the two boys “will be best friends” Cohen answered with a big smile and a thumbs up.
Cohen also revealed that he would “love” to have more children, and when a fan asked what keeps him “hopeful” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 51-year-old simply answered “Ben” along with a picture of his son playing with toys.
Both Cohen and Cooper welcomed their sons via surrogate, and Cohen was one of the first people to find out that Cooper had become a first-time dad. During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the CNN anchor admitted that he didn’t have the chance to buy baby clothes because of the lockdown, so he was relying on Ben’s hand-me-downs.
“He’s actually really helped me because my son is entirely wearing hand-me-downs from Andy Cohen’s son,” said Cooper. “I’m inherently cheap, I like a good value … and, first of all, it’s a pandemic — I was planning on going shopping, which I hate to do, and then, like, online shopping, how do you do that for baby clothes? I don’t know, it just seemed weird. So, yeah, he just gave me all the clothes.”
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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.
Cooper joked that watching Cohen become a dad and having such a great experience as a first-time parent made it clear that he would be just fine having a baby on his own. Cooper said that Cohen has been encouraging him all along, and he figured if Cohen could do it, so could he. Cooper described Benjamin as “incredible” and an “amazing” kid.
In addition to getting Ben’s clothes, baby Wyatt is also sharing a nanny with his future best friend. Andy Cohen recently revealed on his SiriusXM radio show that his nanny left to take care of Wyatt, and they had planned the transition well in advance. However, they never dreamed it would take place in the middle of a pandemic.
Andy Cohen says that he is “so happy” for Anderson Cooper. They have been talking about this for a long time, and the CNN anchor’s frequent visits during the past year have taken on a special significance since they both knew that Cooper would soon be a dad himself.