Broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper made a special announcement last night during his program Anderson Cooper 360°. He has welcomed his second child! The CNN news anchor will co-parent his new arrival with his ex Benjamin Maisani.
It’s a boy! Anderson revealed that he welcomed a son via surrogate. He and Benjamin chose to name their son Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper. “He was 6.8 lbs. at birth and he was healthy and happy and even his occasional hiccups, are to me, adorable,” Anderson shared during his announcement. “He mostly just sleeps and eats and certainly poops, but he already seems like a wise and thoughtful little chap.”
The news anchor also explained, “Wyatt and Sebastian are being raised by my best friend and former partner, Benjamin Maisani. We’re co-parents.” Anderson welcomed Wyatt in May of 2020. At the time, he revealed that he chose to name his first son Wyatt after his father, who passed away when he was 10-years-old.
“Wyatt calls me ‘daddy’ and Benjamin ‘papa,'” Anderson revealed. “We’re a family. Benjamin is also in the process of adopting Wyatt, who’s last name will be changed to Maisani-Cooper as well.”
Anderson then shared a heartfelt message about his family – his mom, father, and brother – all of whom have passed. “When I announced Wyatt’s birth, I said I liked to imagine my mom and dad and brother, all who are no longer alive, their arms around each other, smiling and joyful at his birth. These past 22 months, I felt them watching over us very strongly and I already feel their love for Sebastian. The family I was born into may be gone, but I feel them alive in the family we’ve created, new love, and new life.”
Congratulations to Anderson and Benjamin on the arrival of baby Sebastian! We wish them lots of love.
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