Why Anderson Cooper Is Raising Son with Ex Benjamin Maisani [Video]

“He could be turning the kid against me,” cracked Cooper.

Anderson Cooper may be living single, but he’s not raising son Wyatt Morgan Cooper alone.

The CNN anchor welcomed a baby boy via surrogate in April, revealing at the time that his ex-partner Benjamin Maisani would help raise him, even though they are no longer together.

Appearing on Howard Stern’s radio show this week, Cooper explained that decision in more detail after the host asked why he didn’t want a “clean break” from his boyfriend of 10 years.

“I don’t really have a family, and so my friends become my family. And this is somebody that I was involved with for 10 years, he’s a great guy,” he said. “We didn’t work out as a couple… but when I was a little kid, it was just my mom and my brother. But it was my mom and she was not the most parental person and I wished some adult, after my dad died, had stepped in and been like, I’ll take you to a ballgame or I’ll take you out to lunch.”

“No one ever did that, so I thought, if something happens to me or even if something doesn’t happen to me, if more people love my son and are in his life, I’m all for that,” he continued, saying that his ex is “A great guy.”

“I think it’s good to have two parents, if you can,” added Cooper, saying Wyatt will call Anderson “Dad” or “Daddy,” and Benjamin — who’s French — “Papa.” Anderson said Benjamin has been speaking to the child in French already and joked, “He could be turning the kid against me!”

Cooper announced the baby’s arrival on April 30, revealing Wyatt was named after his own father, who died when Anderson was 10. See the full announcement below.

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I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. 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. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. 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 I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.

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