Who is Anderson Cooper?
Anderson Cooper is an American broadcast journalist and political commentator. He is popularly known for hosting the CNN broadcast show, “Anderson Cooper 360°”. He also works as a correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS News.
Anderson Cooper’s full name is Anderson Hays Cooper. He was born on June 3, 1967, in Manhattan, New York City, the United States to his parents: Wyatt Cooper (father) and Gloria Vanderbilt (mother). As of August 2022, Anderson Cooper is 55 years old.
About Anderson Cooper’s parents
Anderson Cooper’s mother, Gloria Laura Vanderbilt was born on February 20, 1924. She was an American artist, actress, author and fashion designer. She was a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family. During her lifetime, Gloria Vanderbilt was married four times and divorced once. Her marriage to Anderson Cooper’s father was the fourth. Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Cooper tied the knot on December 24, 1963, about four years before Anderson Cooper’s birth. They were married for fifteen years until Wyatt Cooper’s death in 1978. Gloria Vanderbilt passed away on June 17, 2019.
Anderson Cooper’s father, Wyatt Emory Cooper was born on September 1, 1927. He was an American author, screenwriter and actor. Wyatt Cooper was the fourth husband of Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. He passed away on January 5, 1978 in Manhattan, New York City at the age of 50, while undergoing open heart surgery. Wyatt Emory Cooper was buried at the Vanderbilt Family Cemetery and Mausoleum, Staten Island, New York, the United States.
About Anderson Cooper’s siblings
Anderson Cooper has one direct brother and two older half-brothers. Anderson Cooper’s brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper was born on January 27, 1965, two years before Anderson Cooper was born. Carter Vanderbilt Cooper was born to Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Cooper (same parents as Anderson).
Unfortunately, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper committed suicide on July 22, 1988, at the age of 23, by jumping from the terrace of a penthouse apartment. In her book, “A Mother’s Story”, Gloria Vanderbilt expressed her belief that Carter Vanderbilt Cooper’s suicide was influenced by a psychotic episode due to an allergy to an anti-asthma prescription drug. Carter Vanderbilt Cooper was buried at the Moravian Cemetery, New York, the United States.
Apart from Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, Anderson Cooper has two other older half-brothers from his mother’s previous marriage to Leopold Stokowski. They are named Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski and Christopher Stokowski.
Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski was born on August 22, 1950, to Gloria Vanderbilt and her ex-husband Leopold Stokowski. He is fondly referred to as Stan by family and friends. Stan Stokowski is married to Emily Goldstein. He is currently 72 years old.
Christopher Stokowski was born on January 31, 1952, to Gloria Vanderbilt and Leopold Stokowski. He is currently 70 years old.
About Anderson Cooper’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article (August 2022), Anderson Cooper is not married and does not have a husband. However, he has children with his ex-boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani.
List of men Anderson Cooper has dated
Find a list of Anderson Cooper’s ex-boyfriends below:
- Julio Cesar Recio and Anderson Cooper dated in 2004.
- Benjamin Maisani and Anderson Cooper dated in 2009.
- Anderson Cooper was rumoured to have dated Victor Lopez in 2018.
- Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are rumoured to be romantic partners but this has been found to be untrue. Cohen and Cooper are very good friends.
About Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani’s relationship
Benjamin Antoine Maisani is a French nightclub mogul. He was born on January 27, 1973, in Corsica, France. Maisani owns a bar called Eastern Bloc. While he was a student, Maisani worked as a bartender in a gay bar. It has been speculated that Cooper and Maisani met during that period at the bar.
They started dating in the year 2009 and went public with their relationship in 2015. Sadly, Cooper and Maisani split in 2018. It was rumoured that the cause of their split was because Cooper was spending time with another man called Victor Lopez.
About the break-up, Cooper said:
“Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago. We are still family to each other and love each other very much.”
Following their very amicable split, Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani welcomed their first son together, Wyatt Maisani-Cooper. The child was born via surrogacy. Later on, their second son, Sebastian Maisani-Cooper was born.
About their co-parenting arrangement, Cooper said:
“Maisani is going to be a coparent to Wyatt even though we are not together anymore. He’s my family and I want him to be Wyatt’s family as well.”
Maisani has been more private since their son, Wyatt was born. But it was revealed that he was in the delivery room when the surrogate mother gave birth to Wyatt. Maisani and Cooper are said to be in an on-and-off relationship but nothing has been confirmed yet.
About Anderson Cooper’s relationship with Victor Lopez
In 2018, Anderson Cooper was reported to be in a relationship with Texas-based doctor, Victor Lopez. Victor Lopez was born on February 16, 1985. Although their relationship hasn’t been officially confirmed, Lopez once posted a picture of himself with Anderson Cooper. The picture was said to have been taken when Cooper was in Dallas to celebrate Victor Lopez’s birthday. The relationship, however, seems to have fizzled out as Anderson Cooper appears to be single at the moment.
About Anderson Cooper’s children
As of August 2022, Anderson Cooper has two children (all boys) with his ex-boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani. The kids are named Wyatt Maisani-Cooper and Sebastian Maisani-Cooper.
a. Wyatt Maisani-Cooper
Wyatt Morgan Maisani-Cooper was born in April 2020 via a surrogate to Anderson Cooper and his ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani. He is named after Anderson Cooper’s father, Wyatt Emory Cooper and his second name, “Morgan” is a family name from the Vanderbilt family. Wyatt Morgan Maisani-Cooper is currently two years old.
About his first son, Cooper said:
“He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.”
b. Sebastian Maisani-Cooper
Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper was born in February 2022 via a surrogate to Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani. Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper is currently six months old.