Benjamin Maisani Bio: Post Anderson Cooper Split, Where Is This Bar Owner?
French Businessman/ Bar Owner Benjamin Maisani & American journalist Anderson Cooper once had an amazing relationship. Their relationship was more staggering because of the fact that during their relationship, the LGBTQ community wasn't as accepted as they are now.
The Corsica-native is a famous bar owner, who is well-known as the former boyfriend of the American journalist, Anderson Cooper. As a businessman, he owns three trendy bars located in New York City.
Having met Anderson Cooper in 2009, the couple once lived together in New York City.
Benjamin Maisani's Short Bio: Age, Job, Bar, Nationality
Benjamin Maisani was born on 27 January 1973, as Antoine Benjamin Maisani, in Corsica- a French island in the Mediterranean Sea. He possesses the French nationality.
A graduate from Hunter College, Maisani initially moved to New York City to pursue filmmaking. His first job out of college was working at the Morgan Library at Madison Avenue. However, because of a low income, he took a job at Barracuda, a gay bar in Chelsea.
Benjamin & Anderson Boast Whooping Net Worth
Benjamin Maisani and Anderson Cooper once moved in together in a renovated firehouse in Greenwich Village, which they purchased in 2009 for $4.3 million.
The longtime couple also owned several other homes together, including a mansion in Connecticut- consisting of 18 rooms in 10,000 square feet - estimated to cost between $5 million and $9 million.
It's not surprising how the couple spent so much money on expensive houses as they boast their net worths in millions; Anderson Cooper garnishes the net worth of $110 million however, Benjamin's net worth figures remain unrevealed but he also probably boasts his net worth in millions.
Benjamin Maisani & Anderson Cooper Dated For Nine Years
Since 2009, Benjamin Maisani reportedly started dating American journalist Anderson Cooper--who is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°.
Both Maisani and Cooper had been in a low-key relationship long before Cooper came out as gay in 2012.
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They rarely engaged with the media to talk about their relationship. Although overshadowed by his partner's fame for a long time, the understanding they shared; their compatibility matched quite perfectly like two pieces of jigsaws.
Hot Couple At NYC: Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani attend the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC in May 2015 (Photo: gettyimages.com)
However, the bar owner made an exception speaking to French Morning in 2014; explaining his dislike for popularity- which is why he chose to keep his relationship with Anderson Cooper private. He said,
I understand that it interests people, but it doesn't interest me. Like most people, I never really thought about it, and I never wanted to be a celebrity. I knew I’d have to be careful right from the start before it had a chance to get out of hand.
Despite the dynamics of the relationship that favored both of them, their relationship, unfortunately, couldn't survive.
Benjamin Maisani's Split With Anderson Cooper
On 15 March 2018, Anderson Cooper confirmed that his split with his longtime partner, Benjamin Maisani after spending nine years together. Cooper, 50, said in a statement to Us on Thursday, March 15.
Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago. We are still family to each other, and love each other very much. We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.
Although neither of the partners cited as to why they split with each other, there have been several speculations that despite loving each other very much, they wanted different things out of life and their relationships.
Like the majority of the people who go through a similar phase, that might be the similar and unfortunate fate the pair suffered.
Benjamin Maisani Didn't Want To Become Parents & Get Married, But Anderson Cooper Did?
Although the duo didn’t have any children during their time together, it’s well known that Cooper was open to the idea of having kids and getting married with Maisani. Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, also wanted grandchildren from her son.
In a 2016 interview with Showbiz411, he said,
She constantly has asked me about having kids, yes, and that’s something she’d like to see. You know maybe, someday. I would certainly love…to have kids. I love kids. Who knows? I work a lot, so I would have to kind of change my work schedule.
Though there aren't many reasons for the pair breaking up, this speculated reason seems to have some certain validity on it. With that said, it's just speculations; only Benjamin and Cooper know why they decided to split.
It's such a shame to see such a milestone couple torn apart!