ANDERSON Cooper has revealed his newborn son will call him “daddy” and his former partner Benjamin Maisani “papa”, despite the pair ending their romance almost two years ago.
The news anchor revealed on April 30 the happy news that he had become a father via surrogate, and he has now spoken out about how important it is to him that his son has a large extended family.
Benjamin (right) will be “papa” and will teach Wyatt French[/caption]
Benjamin and Anderson will now co-parent his newborn son Wyatt.
“I don’t really have any family so my friends become my family,” he said.
“When I was a little kid it was just my mom and my brother, and my mom was not the most parental person. I wish some adult – after my dad died – had stepped in and just been like, ‘I’ll take you to a ball game or let’s go for lunch’, but no one ever did that.”
Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, he added: “So I thought, the more people that love my son and are in his life, I’m all for that.
Anderson Cooper is now a dad[/caption]
“My ex is a great guy, and it’s good to have two parents. He’s French so he will speak French to the kid and he will be “papa” and I’ll be “daddy”.”
Anderson – who came out as gay in 2012 – shared the news of Wyatt’s birth in a touching Instagram post: “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.”
The pair had been dating since 2009, but only went public in 2015[/caption]
Anderson named his son after his late father[/caption]
Although they have split up, the pair remain great friends[/caption]
He previously revealed that Rocket Man singer Elton John – who has two sons, Zachary, 9, and Elijah, 7, with husband David Furnish – reached out to him to congratulate him on his happy news.
“Was he welcoming you officially to the gay dads club?” asked Andy Cohen – who himself has one-year-old son Benjamin.
“I love it that he called, ” the Bravo host said. “He sent me…he sent Ben, like this Gucci shirt and Gucci shorts and I was like, how cool. I’ve met Elton John once so maybe he is kinda welcoming us into the gay dads club. I thought that was…”
Elton and his husband David Furnish were one of the first UK couples to form a civil partnership, in December 2005.
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They got married nine years later – to the day – once gay marriage became legal in the UK.
The couple has two children born to a surrogate: Zachary Jackson Levon, born December 25, 2010, and Elijah Joseph Daniel, born January 11, 2013