Some couples struggle to co-parent after breaking up, but not Anderson Cooper and his former partner Benjamin Maisani.

The CNN anchor and Maisani share a 16-month-old son, Wyatt. In the latest People interview, Cooper, who was promoting his upcoming third book, opened up about his “unusual” co-parenting arrangement with Maisani. 

Cooper explained that they loved each other as a family and co-parents and iterated that Maisani was a great father. And like any normal couple, they would also bicker from time to time even though they got along great,

There’s the usual bickering that any two people have when there’s a kid involved, like what time should he go to swimming class, or should he wear the overalls, or whatever. But all silly, minor things. 

The anchor explained that the end of an intimate relationship should not mean that the love for the person should end too and noted that the love should continue. Maisani also shared that Cooper changed as a person after becoming Wyatt.  

Cooper had become happy and relaxed in a way he had never been before.

Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani’s Relationship

In 2015, the newsman released a statement to Entertainment Tonight announcing that he and Maisani had broken up. 

The couple had dated in 2009. However, they only went public with their relationship in 2015, three years after Cooper came out as gay. They made several public appearances together while they were dating, and many thought Maisani was his husband, but it was not true. 

He iterated that even though they had separated, they were still family and loved each other. The news of the split came after it was reported that Cooper was spending time with a doctor named Victor Lopez. 

Although Cooper did not reveal the reason for the split, it was speculated that Cooper focused too much on work and had little time for his relationship, as he spent much of his time traveling. It is reported that they broke up back in May 2017 because it was the last time Maisani had appeared on Anderson’s Instagram.

Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani’s Son

Last year, amidst the pandemic, Cooper and Maisani welcomed their son, Wyatt Morgan Cooper. 

The 54 years of age new anchor had announced the arrival of their son on Instagram with adorable photos of their newborn. In the caption, he revealed that his son was three days old and was named after his father, who had passed away when he was ten. 

Delivered via a surrogate, Cooper shared that he never thought he could be a father while growing up and then expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the surrogate of his baby. He also used the chance to point out the critical role that surrogates played in the lives of people who could not biologically have a child of their own.

He was overwhelmed with joy and emotion as he shared the fantastic news with his followers.