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Anderson Cooper Says Fatherhood Has Changed His Definition of Love

The new dad opened up about being a parent, and why he wishes he hadn't waited so long to do it.

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Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor and international silver fox and heartthrob, recently became a parent to infant son Wyatt Morgan on April 30th, and he’s opened up at length about the experience of new fatherhood for People Magazine. Wyatt is co-parented by Cooper and his ex-partner, Benjamin Maisani. Cooper talked to the magazine about the unexpected reality of being a father, how much more connected he feels to the future and the world, and why he cries all the time now. 

Telling People that he never expected to be a father, he said, “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.’” Well, luckily, that dream has come true.

He also mentioned that while he’s fairly exhausted being a dad of an infant, he is also so happy. “It feels like my life has actually begun,” he told the magazine. “I wonder, what was I waiting for? This is a new level of love. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced… it’s also very familiar and incredibly special and intimate. It’s really extraordinary.”

As a news anchor who is constantly on top of the news cycle, he says he feels invested in the future and what’s happening around him in a way that he hadn’t before. He also mentioned that he and co-parent Maisani are way lighter on the hair-trigger for tears. “I cry at things I never cried at before. And Benjamin, I’ve never seen him cry. I couldn’t believe how weepy he gets with Wyatt.”