Anderson Cooper Reveals Parenting Plans For Son, Wishes Mom Was There|"I Don't [..]Have Family, So Friends Become My Family"

Anderson Cooper Reveals Parenting Plans For Son, Wishes Mom Was There|"I Don't [..]Have Family, So Friends Become My Family"

Anderson Cooper misses his family. He wishes they were all alive to meet his little boy.

Not being able to share the happiness of your life with your family is upsetting and painful. But sometimes, all you in need in those times are good friends who will stand by your side and cheer you up. Anderson Cooper welcomed his baby boy, Wyatt Morgan in late April. With his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt's demise last year, the television host is left with no immediate family. However, he has his friends to support him as he takes up the role of a parent.


According to People, appearing on The Howard Stern Show, the CNN host opened about how his circle of friends had become his family. He even talked of how his ex- Benjamin Maisani would help in raising his son. When asked why he would involve his former partner in co-parenting, the host stated, "I don't really have a family, and so my friends become my family. This is somebody I was involved with for 10 years, he's a great guy."

He stated that he would want his son to call him Dad or daddy and Maisani, Papa. "[Benjamin is] going to be a co-parent to Wyatt, even though we're not together anymore, but, you know, he's my family and I want him to be Wyatt's family, as well," stated Cooper, according to People.


It is clear that Cooper misses his family. On announcing the birth of his son on Instagram, he wrote, "I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe 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."

He further told Stern how he missed having a parental figure other than his mother as a child. He admitted he wished for his son to have two parents. "We [Benjamin and he] didn't work out as a couple, but ... when I was a little kid, it was just my mom and my brother, but it was my mom — she was not the most parental person and I wish some adult after my dad died had stepped in and just been like, 'You know what, I'll take you to a ball game,'" said Cooper, according to People.

He continued, "Or, 'Let's go out to lunch every now and then, and let's just talk.' You know, no one ever did that and so I thought, well if something happens to me or even if something doesn't happen to me, if more people love my son and are in his life, I'm all for that. You know, my ex is a great guy, and I think it's good to have two parents if you can."


He further added the pain of his mother's death was followed by the joy of having Wyatt. "In the course of one year, just on a personal basis, to have experienced the loss of her life and to have been there with her when she breathed her last breath and to witness that and to be holding her at that time, and then to suddenly ... be in a delivery room with this amazing surrogate and her husband and my former partner Benjamin ... and to see a new human being come into existence, which I'd never seen in person before, it was just extraordinary," told the television host to Stephen Colbert, according to People.


Previously, Cooper revealed that he had spoken to his mother regarding his plans to start a family just before her death. "I was able to tell her shortly before she died that I was going to have a baby. Wyatt hadn't been created at that point, he wasn't actually a being at that point. He was an idea in my head, and I was in the process of it. She was thrilled. It's something I've wished for a long time, and I'm very lucky and very blessed," said the 52-year-old, according to People.


Moreover, Cooper did not hide the excitement of having his baby boy join him. "I just stare at him. Hours will go by and I realize I've just been sitting there, holding him. After a baby's born, you do this thing called skin to skin where you hold the baby on your chest. I still do that all the time. There's nothing better. He's like a little amphibious creature, he's all curled up with his feet up. It's so cute."