An offer he could refuse. Anderson Cooper revealed on Thursday, September 23, that he turned down his mother Gloria Vanderbilt’s offer to be his surrogate 10 years before her death.
“Sometimes people wonder how, during interviews, I stay stoned and listen to people say bat-crazy things-I grew up with Gloria Vanderbilt,” the CNN anchor, 54, joked during a The late show with Stephen Colbert appearance and called the late fashion designer “kind of nutty”.
The journalist explained that the socialite, who died in 2019 at the age of 95, visited a gynecologist when she was 85, and subsequently told Cooper that she was told she could still carry a child.
“She says to me, ‘Honey, I’m not talking about having a baby of my own. I mean, it’s crazy – I’m 85. I thought you’re getting an egg and fertilizing it with a sperm cream, and I’re carrying your baby, “” the anesthetist. 60 minutes correspondent recalled. “[I said], ‘It’s so strangely oedipal on a whole new level. That child would be on the front page of the New York Post for the rest of his life.
That Anderson Cooper 360 host called her mother’s plan “just crazy” and added that she later sent him an article about a 65-year-old woman carrying a baby to her son and son-in-law. “My mother ha[d] circled it and then wrote in a note: ‘Look!’ Told Cooper Stephen Colbert.
Ten months after Vanderbilt’s death, Yale University gradually welcomed its son, Wyatt, now 16 months old, via pregnancy carrier. The new father wrote a sweet shout to his mother in his Instagram revelation in April 2020.
“I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt and cared lovingly and tenderly for him and gave birth to him,” Cooper wrote. “It is an extraordinary blessing – what she and all surrogates give to families who cannot have children. … I wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to think they can see him. I imagine them all, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love lives in me and in Wyatt and that our family continues. ”
In April, the Emmy winner reflected on his first year of fatherhood, whistling via Instagram about his “sweet, funny, happy and kind” birthday boy.
“I can not believe it has already been a year,” Cooper said at the time to his followers. “I love him more than I ever thought possible.”
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