Anderson Cooper Comes Out: 'The Fact Is, I'm Gay', Anderson Cooper has, at long last, publicly said he is gay.
Cooper made the announcement in an email to writer Andrew Sullivan.
"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.
Cooper's sexuality has long been the subject of ample media speculation, but he has never publicly confirmed it.
“I just don’t talk about my personal life," he told New York magazine in 2005. "...The whole thing about being a reporter is that you’re supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you’re in, and I don’t want to do anything that threatens that.”
On Monday, though, Cooper reversed course: Cooper also said that he ultimately decided that he was doing more harm than good by not speaking up: Previously, the 45-year-old CNN anchor and daytime talk show host has been romantically linked to Benjamin Maisani, the co-owner of New York City gay bars Eastern Bloc and Bedlam.