Finally, after almost a year of speculations and rumors, the 45-year old CNN anchor Anderson Cooper finally answered the speculations about his sexuality by revealing the fact that he’s gay. Cooper came out in an email to the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan that was published on Sullivan’s blog this morning.
It was very timely because Cooper was actually responding to an Entertainment Weekly article about how gay public figures are increasingly coming out in more restrained ways than in the past and it turned out very easy for him to reveal to the public his real preference and identity. Because of this revelation, many of the viewers and fans of the anchorman were probably surprised, but all they can do is to accept the fact the Anderson Cooper is gay and just be happy for him.
“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,” Cooper writes.
When he was asked as to why he has kept his sexuality for such a long time after the controversies, speculations, and the like, he explained by saying that he kept it for “professional reasons” but had “begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle.” Moreover, the instances of gay bullying also made him believe that there is value in making clear where he simply stands.
“I am also blessed far beyond having a great career. I love, and I am loved.” He wrote this though he did not go deeper with his romantic relationships. “I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do thing visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.” This was his conclusion to his email.