The emotional news anchor welcomes Wyatt to the world, naming the boy after his father who died when he was just 10-years-old as the TV favourite vows to do his dad proud
Anderson Cooper has announced to the world he is now a proud dad – and named his new son after his own tragic father.
The gay CNN anchor, 52, always doubted he would have a family but welcomed Wyatt into the world this week.
He named the baby – born via surrogate – after his own dad, who died when he was only ten years old.
Now he says he wants to be a great parent in his honour.
“On Monday, I became a father – I’ve never actually said that before out loud, and it still kind of astonishes me,” Cooper said on his show.
Instagram “He is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy.”
He then wrote on Instagram : “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.”
His son’s middle name, Morgan, is a name from the family tree of his mother Gloria Vanderbilt, who died last year.
“I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter were alive to meet Wyatt,” he went on.
“But I like to believe they can see him. 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.
Read More Showbiz editor’s picks “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.
“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,” the new dad added.
He split from his boyfriend of nine years, Ben Maisani, two years ago and is now understood to be single.
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