Anderson Cooper, host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° and daytime talk show Anderson has allowed to be revealed for the first time in public that he is gay.
There have long been rumours and it has been thought of an an open-secret. In 2007, Out magazine featured him and Jodie Foster on their cover under the headline ‘The Glass Closet – the stars who won’t come out and play’. Neither star complained about the feature.
Andrew Sullivan, a friend of Coopers for two decades, asked for his opinion on an Entertainment Weekly article noting a trend of celebrities coming out not in a blaze of publicity as in the past, but casually – as Zachary Quinto did last year. In an email response, which Cooper allowed to be published on The Daily Beast, he confirmed that
‘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.’
Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt, an artist and fashion icon who often featured in US tabloids, something he has been keen not to emulate keeping his views on politics, religion and sexuality to himself.