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Anderson Cooper announces birth of his 1st child, son Wyatt

CNN host Anderson Cooper announced on Thursday that he is a new father, welcoming son Wyatt Morgan Cooper on Monday.

Cooper shared the news at the conclusion of a CNN town hall on the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper, 52, said he thinks it's "especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness. Even as we mourn the loss of loved ones, we are also blessed with new life and new love."

On Instagram, Cooper posted photos of Wyatt, and said he named him after his father, who died when Cooper was 10. He shared that "as a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child," and thanked his surrogate for carrying Wyatt. Cooper also honored his family, saying he wishes "my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues." Catherine Garcia