Andy Cohen’s one-year-old son, Benjamin, is excited to have a new friend. After CNN anchor – and Cohen bestie – Anderson Cooper revealed that he had welcomed a son, Wyatt Morgan Cooper, the Watch What Happens Live host posted on Instagram that Ben couldn’t wait to meet the newborn.
Cohen posted a pic of Cooper kissing baby Wyatt on the forehead, and in the caption he wrote: “‘New life, new hope!’ Wyatt Cooper, you couldn’t have come at a better time! I know a friend who can’t wait to meet you! ♥️.”
Cooper announced his baby news on the air Thursday night during his CNN show Anderson Cooper 360. He revealed that baby Wyatt was born on Monday, April 27, via surrogate, and he also explained the meaning behind the baby’s name.
The 52-year-old said that Wyatt is named after his late father, Wyatt Emory Cooper. Anderson landed on the middle name Morgan because it is a family name on his mother’s side. Anderson’s mother was Gloria Vanderbilt, who died in 2019.
“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,” Anderson told his viewers.
In his statement – which he also posted on Instagram – Cooper said that as a gay kid, he never though it would be possible for him to have a child. He said he is grateful for those who have paved the way, and he is also grateful for the doctors, nurses, and everyone else involved in his son’s birth.
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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.
Most of all, Cooper is grateful to the “remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt,” and who also “watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him.” Cooper said that what the surrogate did for him is an extraordinary blessing, and he is not only thankful for her and her “wonderfully supportive husband and kids,” but he is also blessed to have that family in his and Wyatt’s lives.
As fans know, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are extremely close friends who have traveled the country together for their “Intimate Evening” tour. In February 2019, Andy Cohen welcomed his son Benjamin via surrogate. When a Twitter user told Cohen that she is “so very happy” that Ben and Wyatt would be able to grow up together and “be friends like their dads,” Cohen replied, “ME TOO.”