Anderson Cooper Officially Comes Out of Closet: I'm Gay
There's been media speculation through the years over the CNN news anchor and daytime talk show host's sexuality, but Cooper has finally revealed to The Daily Beast that he is in fact gay.
In an email to the publication, the 45-year-old detailed his struggle to maintain privacy in his personal life despite being a public figure.
Much of Cooper's desire for privacy comes from a safety standpoint. He said:
"Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I've often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist."
"Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true."
The journalist added, "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."
UPDATE: Following his announcement, an outpouring of support for Cooper popped up on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, including a message from Kathy Griffin, who posted a photo of herself and AC holding hands, saying she's "proud" of her friend.
Here I am w/ my friend @andersoncooper who I'm so proud of. tinyurl.com/chw8qyu instagr.am/p/MlwRdCtDEP/
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 2, 2012