Anderson Cooper isn’t just a zaddy anymore.
The CNN anchorman joined his best TV bud in the ranks of fatherhood after a surrogate gave birth to Wyatt Morgan Cooper on Monday. Cooper made the announcement on his show last night in a characteristically eloquent speech. It was also a damn tear-jerker.
“It has been a difficult time in all of our lives, and there are certainly many hard days ahead,” Cooper said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is, I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness. Even as we mourn the loss of loved ones, we are also blessed with new life and new love.”
“On Monday, I became a father,” he continued, voice shaking ever so slightly. “I’ve never actually said that before, out loud, and it still kind of astonishes me. I am a dad. I have a son. And I want you to meet him.”
A picture of Wyatt appeared on the screen as Cooper introduced him, the newsman equivalent of a dad pulling out his overstuffed wallet (or smartphone in the 21st century) to show off pictures of his new kid, an instinct Cooper also indulged with an Instagram post.
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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.
“He’s named after my dad, who died when I was ten years old. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son’s middle name is Morgan, which is a family name on my mom’s side. I know my mom and dad liked the name Morgan because when I was going through her things recently I found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Morgan was on the list.”
We warned you this was a tear-jerker.
“As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child,” Cooper continued before thanking the doctors and nurses who took care of his son.
“Most of all, I am eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, watched over him—lovingly, tenderly—and gave birth to him. It’s an extraordinary blessing which she and all surrogates give to families who can’t have children.”
“I do wish my mom and my dad and my brother Carter were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him,” Cooper said, choking up. “I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing and watching, looking down on us, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt and that our family continues.
“New life and new love,” he concluded.