Anderson Cooper says he loves “every aspect” of being a father and wished he hadn’t held off parenthood for so long. During an appearance on SiriusXM’s Quarantined with Bruce, the 53-year-old CNN anchor, who is gay, spoke with host Bruce Bozzi about life as a new dad.
Cooper welcomed his first child, son Wyatt Morgan, via a surrogate on Monday, April 27, 2020, and co-parents the baby boy with his former partner Benjamin Maisani.
Speaking about fatherhood, he said:
“I don’t think I would have made the decision if I didn’t feel I was really ready, and I definitely feel like this is absolutely what I should be doing. I wish I had done it sooner.
“I’ve been able to spend whole days, all my time with him really, during this pandemic. It’s been amazing.”
“I’ve never woken up early in the morning, but I now bolt out of bed at 7 without an alarm clock and I want to be there when he wakes up at 8:45.
“I just love every aspect of it. It’s truly the greatest thing ever. I feel like what was I doing before? I don’t know.”
Back in June, Cooper said in People’s first-ever Pride issue:
“When I was 12 years old and knew I was gay and thought about my life, it always upset me because I thought, ‘I will never be able to have a kid.’ This is a dream come true.”
Cooper said becoming a father has also given him new perspective as he continues his work in journalism, explaining that he feels “invested in the future in a way I hadn’t really before.”
“There’s something about having a child that makes you feel connected to what is happening and you want to make sure that the world this child is growing up in is a better one. You suddenly worry much more about the future of all of us,”
he said at the time.