45-year-old CNN anchor Anderson Cooper spoke publicly for the first time about his homosexuality on “Anderson Live” after his decision to come out as gay in a column written by his friend, Andrew Sullivan on Monday (September 10, 2012). During the second season premiere of his freshly renamed daytime talk show, the silver-haired journalist explained why he finally decided to share the news with the public. “I've been torn for a long time between a desire as a reporter to just do my job and be known as a reporter, and at the same time I do think visibility is important,” Anderson Cooper said when he was asked by his co-host Kristen Chenoweth about his public declaration of his sexuality in July. “I do think that the tide of history only moves forward when everybody is fully visible.” It seemed that the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt had “a big summer” when he not only had to face media scrutiny after coming out but also suffered from his boyfriend’s cheating scandal. Anderson Cooper’s boyfriend Benjamin Maisani was photographed kissing and canoodling with a mystery man in the park in a sunny afternoon in NYC, which made Anderson Cooper red-faced and reportedly devastated.
Anderson Cooper’s boyfriend Benjamin Maisani is seen leaving out his converted fire station townhouse and hopping on his bicycle in New York City on Tuesday (August 21, 2012). The 45-year-old talk show host and his longtime love still live together despite breakup rumors following the reports that Ben had been caught kissing another man.
Benjamin Maisani, an Eastern Bloc bar owner, and his partner were encouraged to marry last year by Anderson's mother Gloria Vanderbilt. The designer helped the couple patch up their relationship after they struggled with conflicting work schedules.
Anderson Cooper’s longtime love Benjamin Maisani and a mystery man in the park in NYC.
The two are pictured kissing and canoodling with each other in public.
Benjamin Maisani is in car with his partner Anderson Cooper, who came out of the closet publicly in early July, saying: “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.”