Famous CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper is finally a dad. On April 27, Cooper welcomed his son via surrogacy and shared the happy news on his show Anderson Cooper 360 on April 30.

During the show, he also revealed the first photo of his newborn child as he announced the “joyful news” that he has “became a father." He shared that he has named his baby boy Wyatt Morgan Cooper after his father, Wyatt Emory Cooper, who Anderson lost at the age of 10 as he died during open-heart surgery. "I hope I can be as good a dad as he was,” he said.

He added, "My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy."

Cooper continued, "As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I'm grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth."

Anderson then went on to thank the surrogate who carried his son for the past nine months, looked after him, and gave birth to him. 

"Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing—what she, and all surrogates give to families who can't have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me," he shared. "My family is blessed to have this family in our lives."

Remembering his family, who is no longer in his life- mother, father, and brother Carter- he lamented that they never got a chance to meet his son. "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 said.

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