Everyone, quick, stop what you’re doing! You won’t believe what you’re about to hear! Anderson Cooper, the most adorable journalist the world has ever known, has announced to the world that he is gay. WHOA.
Anderson Cooper has some news to share.
“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,” the CNN anchor wrote Monday in an open letter to his longtime friend Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast.
The host of Anderson Cooper: 360, 45, also says that he has waited until now to announce the fact because, “As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.”
Cooper, who also hosts his own syndicated talk daytime show Anderson, addressed the subject after Sullivan – a British writer who is openly gay and Catholic – put the question to him after a cover story in the current Entertainment Weekly focused on how gay people in the public life are currently coming out in understated and matter-of-fact manners.
“Andrew, as you know, the issue you raise is one that I’ve thought about for years. Even though my job puts me in the public eye, I have tried to maintain some level of privacy in my life. Part of that has been for purely personal reasons. I think most people want some privacy for themselves and the people they are close to,” Cooper began.
“It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long,” he continued. “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.”
Of course I’m happy that Anderson is happy and proud, and I think it’s nice that he decided to come out to show that he isn’t ashamed of his sexuality. But you guys know as well as I do that this isn’t really that much of a story beyond “aww, good for you, Anderson Cooper!” Everyone knew that man was gay. Everyone. It’s kind of like if Lindsay Lohan made an announcement saying “The fact is, I’m a hot mess,” or if Adele made an announcement saying “The fact is, I’m the best ever.” Like, thanks for confirming, but we pretty much knew already.
Basically, I’m waiting for the day when someone comes out completely unexpectedly. I want a “The fact is, I’m gay,” from, say LeAnn Rimes. Can you imagine? Best news day ever.