CNN anchor Anderson Cooper announced the arrival of a baby boy in his life.
“On Monday, I became a father,” he said over his Instagram page. “I’ve never actually said that before, out loud, and it still kind of astonishes me. I am a dad. I have a son. And I want you to meet him.”
“I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I am so grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth,” he continued.
Cooper, who is gay, also thanked the woman who served as a surrogate for his 7 pounds 2 ounces son.
“Most of all,” he said, “I am eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, watched over him lovingly, tenderly, and gave birth to him.”
Cooper named his son, Wyatt, after his father who died when he was 10 years old, “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was,” he said during the announcement.
His son’s middle name, Morgan, is a name from the family tree of his mother Gloria Vanderbilt. She died last year.
It was a big surprise to CNN viewers, as Cooper had not spoken publicly about his plans to have a baby.