He was a dedicated son.
Anderson Cooper has admitted that he used a fake online persona to help his mother Gloria Vanderbilt sell her artwork on Instagram.
The CNN anchor, 54, made the honest confession during an interview on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Monday when the talk went to Vanderbilt, who died in 2019.
Vanderbilt was a famous heir and a prominent painter who held critically acclaimed exhibitions over several decades.
“My mother died when she was 95, but around the time she was 91 … she did not paint,” Cooper told Meyers.
“[Then] I introduced her to Instagram, which she thought was magical. I got her on Instagram, then I created an account for her art to get her out of bed and paint. “
Vanderbilt’s account quickly garnered thousands of followers, and fans began asking about the purchase of the paintings.
The aging heir did not have an assistant to help with the transactions, so she got her famous son to help.
“She thought, ‘OK, why do not we invent a lady of a certain age named Monica, who is a long-term trusted assistant, and you are Monica, and you respond to all the DMs on Instagram to buy my works of art,'” “Cooper explained to Meyers as the study audience burst out laughing.
The CNN anchor did exactly as his mother told him – spent the next many years negotiating agreements on the paintings, while at the same time fulfilling his anchor duties in the air.
“I want to be in Baghdad and between things I want to be [talking to a buyer] as ‘Do you want a laminated white frame?’ like Monica, ”Cooper recalled humorously.
Cooper was known for being incredibly close to his mother, with whom he wrote a memoir from 2016 entitled “The Rainbow Comes And Goes.”
Earlier this month, he spoke honestly about the sweet last moments he shared with Vanderbilt before she passed away from stomach cancer.
“We had a great last week or two together. We just wanted to lie on her bed and hold hands,” he told his best friend, Andy Cohen, on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy.
He revealed that they also saw an old video of Vanderbilt singing Peggy Lee’s song “Is That All There Is.”
“She started singing along to it and I wanted to start singing along,” Cooper told Cohen. “And then we had this big moment where she was holding my hand while we were listening to the song and it was like we were dancing. And it was great.”
Earlier this year, Cooper finally brought his mother’s Manhattan apartment to market for a relatively modest $ 1.15 million.
Located in Midtown East at 30 Beekman Place, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment belonged to Vanderbilt for more than two decades.
The socialist, fashion designer, artist and heir originally moved into the residence in 1997 and spent his later years in the apartment painting the works of art that were eventually sold by Cooper on Instagram.
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