explore anderson cooper's unconventional family

Explore Anderson Cooper’s Unconventional Family

Anderson Cooper is best known as a decorated broadcast journalist with CNN and has headlined his own show, Anderson Cooper 360° since 2003.

The talented anchor is also a very proud father of two little boys. Here is everything you need to know about Cooper’s family.

Anderson Cooper’s Ex Benjamin Maisani

Cooper met his now ex-boyfriend, businessman Benjamin Maisani, in 2009, went public in 2015, and split up romantically in 2018. However, the two are focused on co-parenting.

“Wyatt and Sebastian are being raised by my best friend and former partner, Benjamin Maisani. We’re co-parents,” Cooper shared on-air Thursday, February 10.

“Wyatt calls me ‘Daddy’ and Benjamin ‘Papa.’ We’re a family. Benjamin is also in the process of adopting Wyatt, so Wyatt’s last name will be changed to Maisani-Cooper as well.”

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In September 2021, he shared how co-parenting with Maisani is “awesome.”

“It’s probably an unusual setup, but I knew he would be a great dad, and he is,” shared Cooper.

“We’re exes, but we’re family to each other, and we love each other as family and as co-parents,” he shared.

“There’s the usual bickering that any two people have when there’s a kid involved, like what time should he go to swimming class, or should he wear the overalls, or whatever. I’ve always believed that if you’ve been with somebody and that ends, in terms of an intimate relationship, if you love somebody, there’s no reason why that love shouldn’t continue.”

Anderson Cooper’s Son Wyatt

In April of 2020, Cooper and Maisani welcomed their first son via surrogate, Wyatt. As of February 2022, the little boy is 22 months old.

“He is sweet, funny, and the greatest joy of my life,” Cooper, 54, revealed on his show on February 10.

He also revealed when he announced Wyatt’s birth, that he liked to imagine his mom, dad, and brother, all of whom are no longer alive, with their arms around each other, smiling and joyful at his birth.

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Anderson Cooper’s Son Sebastian

And on February 10, Cooper shared the good news that he and Maisani welcomed their second son, Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper.

“This is Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper. He was 6.8 lbs. at birth and he was healthy and happy and even his occasional hiccups, are to me, adorable,” Cooper said. “He mostly just sleeps and eats and certainly poops, but he already seems like a wise and thoughtful little chap.”

In the past 22 months or so, Cooper shared how he strongly felt that his loved ones who had passed on were watching over his family “very strongly.”

Anderson shared, “The family I was born into may be gone, but I feel them alive in the family we’ve created, new love, and new life.”

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