Since coming out earlier this summer, Anderson Cooper’s been pretty quiet regarding his sexuality…until now.
His Anderson guest co-host, Kristen Chenoweth was finally able to get Cooper to open up a bit more.
“I think we both had big summers,” she prodded. Someone in the audience gasped loudly.
“Am I wrong?” Chenoweth joked. “I guess I did have a big summer,” Cooper said, starting to blush.
“You … came out … and talked,” Chenoweth went on. “So you heard that?” Cooper replied.
As the audience applauded, he explained what was behind his decision:
“Everybody in my life … since I’ve been an adult and since I was a kid, I mean, I came out in high school,” he said. “I told my friends, I told my family, I’ve always been out to my coworkers and stuff. It’s just not something I talked about publicly because as a reporter I didn’t think it was appropriate. It didn’t seem part of my job.”
Chenoweth asked what had been the tipping point that made Cooper decide to go public.
“I’ve been torn for a long time between a desire as a reporter to do just do my job,” he said. “And at the same time, I think visibility is important — that the tide of history only moves forward when everybody is visible … I didn’t want to send a message that there was anything I was ashamed about.”
Again, it today’s world it’s great to see public figures such as Anderson Cooper and Frank Ocean owning and living in their truth!
via Huffington Post