Speculations have been swirling for years that Anderson Cooper, is gay. However, Cooper never admitted it…not until today, July 2, 2012.
Cooper, 45, is an American journalist, author, and television personality and son of Gloria Vanderbilt. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360° that is usually broadcast live from a New York City studio; however, Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories. He also serves as host of his own daytime talk show, Anderson.
According to the LA Times, Cooper’s sexual orientation has indeed been common knowledge for a long time. For years he avoided discussing his private life in interviews, citing a desire to protect his neutrality as a journalist.
When asked about his sexuality in 2006, he stated:
“I understand why people might be interested. But I just don’t talk about my personal life. It’s a decision I made a long time ago, before I ever even knew anyone would be interested in my personal life. The whole thing about being a reporter is that you’re supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you’re in, and I don’t want to do anything that threatens that.”
So, why is Cooper admitting it now?
The TV host and reporter came out to the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan in an email and gave him permission to post it.
“There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”
The well-loved journalist goes on to say:
“I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true. … 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.
It doesn’t matter what Anderson Cooper’s sexual orientation is because he is a creative and talented journalist who is loved by all . . . men and women!