Anderson Cooper closed out the CNN Town Hall show Thursday night with some exciting news to share to his listeners. The news anchor shared the news that he has welcomed his first child into the world.
“It’s been a difficult time in all of our lives, and there are certainly many hard days ahead,” he stated. “It is, I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness.”
He then explained that days prior he had welcomed his first child into the world via surrogate.
“On Monday, I became a father,” Cooper said. “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.”
While showing photos of the newborn, he announced his name; Wyatt Morgan Cooper.
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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 10-years-old,” he explained. “I hope I can be as good of a dad as he was.”
The middle name, Morgan, is a family name from his mother’s side, that he explained he knew his parents would love.
He then shared that he wished his mom, dad, and brother Carter were all alive to meet Wyatt.
“I like to believe that they can see him,” said Cooper. “I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, 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.”