Anderson Cooper and Newborn Son Wyatt Cover People Magazine

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday June 10, 2020

Anderson Cooper and Newborn Son Wyatt Cover People Magazine

"It feels like my life has actually begun," out CNN anchor and new dad Anderson Cooper told People Magazine for an interview included in the Pride Issue, the cover of which Cooper and newborn son Wyatt grace.

"And I sort of wonder, what was I waiting for?" Cooper continues. "This is a new level of love. It's unlike anything I've experienced, and yet it's also very familiar and incredibly special and intimate. It's really extraordinary."

"Very familiar" and yet "incredibly special" also sum up how many straight people feel about their children, illustrating the universality of parental love.

Cooper and Wyatt made for an adorable family portrait on the cover of "People," which chose the anchorman and his son for the cover of its first-ever Pride edition.

Cooper announced Wyatt's arrival at the end of April, but the child had been on Cooper's mind for some time before that. Though Cooper's mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, died a year ago at the age of 95, Cooper revealed recently to SiriusXM radio host Andy Cohen that he had a chance to tell her about his plans to become a father.

Though Cooper's revelation to Vanderbilt took place well before Wyatt's conception, and he had not chosen a name at that point, Cooper told Cohen about his feeling that his mother would have intuited little Wyatt would share the same name as Cooper's father, who died in 1978, when Cooper was still a boy.

Indeed, looking back on his boyhood, Cooper disclosed that he had carried an assumption with him that caused him sadness:

"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.' "

Cooper went on to say of his new status as a dad, "This is a dream come true."

There are other effects to being a new parent, Cooper told People Magazine.

"I feel invested in the future in a way I hadn't really before," the news anchor revealed. "You suddenly worry much more about the future of all of us."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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