Longtime CNN host announced surrogate son Wyatt Morgan Cooper was born Thursday night as he posted a photo on Instagram: “As a gay kid, I never thought he would be possible to have a child, and I appreciate it. everyone who led the way, as well as the doctors, nurses and everyone involved in the birth of my son. “
He added, “He is gentle, gentle and healthy and I am beyond happiness. “
Cooper, 52, spoke to his son’s viewers at the end of Thursday’s weekly global television session on the coronavirus pandemic.
“It has been a difficult time in our entire lives, and there are certainly many difficult days ahead,” said Cooper. “It is, I think, particularly important in times of difficulty to keep moments of joy and happiness. Even if we mourn the loss of loved ones, we are also fortunate to live a new life. New love. “
He then told viewers, “Monday I became a father. I never said that before, and it still amazes me. I’m a dad. I have a son. “
He said he was “eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, cared for him lovingly, tenderly and gave birth to him. “
Continuing her story on Instagram, Cooper added, “This is an extraordinary blessing – what she and all the surrogates are giving to families who cannot have children. My surrogate mother has a beautiful family, a wonderfully supportive husband and children, and I am incredibly grateful for all the support they have given to Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives. “
The baby is named after Cooper’s father who died at the age of 10. “I hope I can be as good a father as he is,” he said.
Her son’s middle name, Morgan, is a family tree name from his mother Gloria Vanderbilt, who died last year.
“I wish my mom and dad and brother Carter were alive to meet Wyatt,” said Cooper, “but I like to think 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. New life. New love. “
Cooper’s best friend, Andy Cohen, also has a baby Ben via a surrogate mother and Cooper, who is currently single, said, “He is the tallest child, and it is such a joy to see him all days. “
Cooper’s BFF Cohen quickly posted a photo of Wyatt on Instagram, writing, “New life, new hope.” Wyatt Cooper, you couldn’t have come at a better time. I know a friend who can’t wait to meet you! “