The most popular face on CNN the past decade has been white-haired blue-eyed host, Anderson Cooper, who is paid an estimated 1.2 billion shillings a year.
While the man’s career has been one of triumph and great heights, it is at times overshadowed by the interest in his personal life-That being that 53-year-old Anderson is openly gay, something he addressed again recently.
The journalist said that he first realized he was gay as a young child. “I mean, I was probably, I don’t know, 7, when I kind of realized — I’m not sure I knew the word ‘gay’ at the time, but I realized something was up. Something was different,” he answered to a viewer’s question on CNN’s “Full Circle” on Monday.
He said that he came out to some people in high school but didn’t come “around to really loving” that he was 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,” he continued.
He said that one of his interests at the time was joining the army but he didn’t as he was afraid for his safety because he was gay.
“It felt like there were a lot of limitations on it, and it wasn’t what I envisioned for my life. Or, I imagined a family and getting married. All those things which weren’t possible at the time,” said Cooper.
Cooper who welcomed a son last year through a surrogate named Wyatt, publicly confirmed that he was gay in an online letter in 2012.
“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,” he wrote.