- Cooper Anderson, an anchor for CNN, said he first realised he was gay at only seven but was not sure about it until later
- According to the journalist, he came out to some people while in high school but was not really sure about being gay
- It should be noted that the journalist came out publicly in an online letter in 2012
Many people who have been following world-acclaimed journalist Anderson Cooper think his story with homosexuality started just the other day.
The news anchor may have come out not many years ago but that was not the first time he became aware of his feelings and sexual preference.
The journalist, who made the revelation while answering a viewer's question on CNN's Full Circle, said that he knew of his ''controversial'' sexual preference when he was only seven.
According to Page Six, Anderson recently disclosed to the world that he first realised he was gay when he was just a kid.
“I mean, I was probably, I don’t know, 7, 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,” Anderson said.
Anderson went on to reveal that he came out to some people while still in high school.
However, he did not want to be openly gay until he graduated from Yale University in 1989.
“I think I really, truly accepted it and not just accepted it, but fully embraced it and you know, came around to really loving the fact that I was gay would probably be right after college.
“You know, I kind of struggled in my teenage years, certainly, but even a little in college,” Anderson added.
The journalist said he could not come out fully as gay because he had many interests at that time, including joining the military. The broadcaster said he no longer regrets being gay because being who he is has made him a better reporter as it gives him a different perspective.
He inspired people further years later by announcing the birth of his son.
In a long Instagram post seen by Briefly.co.za on Thursday, 30 April, Cooper disclosed his son was born through a surrogate. The news anchor expressed his joy, revealing that he could not believe he finally had his son in his arms since he never thought he would have a child, growing up as a gay kid.
"As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child and I am grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth," he wrote in part.
Cooper revealed to fans that he named his son Wyatt Morgan Cooper.
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