- CNN TV host Anderson Cooper said his late mother offered to carry a child for him
- Then aged 85, Gloria Vanderbilt first made she could bear children before making the shocking suggestion
- The gay journalist said he immediately rejected the idea but she did not give up
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Famous US TV host Anderson Cooper has shared an interesting story about his famous late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
Speaking on Thursday, September 23, while appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the CNN anchor described his mother as being kind of nutty.
Cooper said Gloria offered to carry his child 10 years before she passed away in 2019. Cooper was childless at the time but finally welcomed his first child in 2020 via surrogate.
According to the journalist, his mother had seen a gynaecologist and was told she could carry a child.
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Mother's shocking suggestion
He initially thought she wanted another child only for her to drop the bomb on him. Cooper attributed his stony reaction to shocking stories about his experience being raised by his mum.
“Sometimes people wonder how, during interviews, I stay stone-faced and listen to people say crazy thing. I grew up with Gloria Vanderbilt," he said.
He narrated the incident saying:
"She says to me, 'Honey, I'm not talking about having a child of my own. I mean, that's crazy, I'm 85... I was thinking, you get an egg and fertilise it with a sperm, and I'll carry your child.'"
Cooper refuses proposal
Cooper said he immediately shot down the idea, saying the child would have been headline news for years.
Two years later, she was still agitating for the idea as she sent him a newspaper clipping about an Italian woman, 65, who bore a child for her gay son and his husband.
Discovering he is gay
In January, Briefly News reported that Cooper disclosed he first realised he was gay when he was just a kid.
The journalist who made the revelation while answering a viewer's question on CNN's Full Circle, said that he knew of his sexual preference when he was only seven.
“I mean, I was probably, I don’t know, seven, when I kind of realised. I am not sure I knew the word ‘gay’ at the time, but I realised something was up. Something was different,” he said.
He revealed that he came out to some people while still in high school but fully accepted himself after graduating in 1989.