The worst kept secret at CNN Headquarters is now out of the closet. Pun intended.
Anderson Cooper has come out in perhaps the most low-key way any celebrity has so far: by letting someone else make the announcement for him.
The 45-year-old journalist has never discussed his private life publicly — but he’s long been rumored to be gay. This week, Cooper’s friend of more than 20 years, writer Andrew Sullivan, commissioned the newsman to write an editorial about the hoopla for The Daily Beast.
Here’s what Andy had to say:
“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself and proud. I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.”
The host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 has been romantically linked to Benjamin Maisani, the owner of the Russian Tea Room — a popular gay bar in New York City. There was no talk of that in today’s testimonial.
Instead, Cooper added:
“In my opinion, the ability to love another person is one of God’s greatest gifts and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life. I appreciate your asking me to weigh in on this and I would be happy for you to share my thoughts with your readers. I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.”