Elton John called Anderson Cooper to welcome him to 'gay dads club' following son Wyatt's birth
Anderson Cooper welcomed his first child on April 27 via surrogacy and has already been welcomed to the "gay dads" club. Cooper revealed that Elton John had called him to congratulate on the birth of his son. Elton is a proud father of two sons, Zachary, 9, and Elijah, 7, with husband David Furnish.
"I got a call from Elton John...and I was like...," Cooper told Andy Cohen as he appeared on his Sirius XM show, as reported by The Sun. "You know, I've interviewed him and stuff over the years." Hearing this Cohen was curious and asked, "Was he welcoming you officially to the gay dads club?"
Cooper replied, "I guess so. I guess so, but you know...ummm..." Hearing this Cohen decided to open up about the time with John had called him to congratulate after he had welcomed his son Benjamin.
"I love it that he called," he said. "He sent me...he sent Ben, like this Gucci shirt and Gucci shorts and I was like, how cool. I've met Elton John once so maybe he is kinda welcoming us into the gay dads club. I thought that was..."
"You know, he's paved the way...in a lot of different ways. It was just lovely. It was really really cool," Cooper said while Cohen agreed.
Cooper broke the news about becoming a father by posting a picture of his son and him on Instagram. "I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was," he wrote.
He explained the meaning behind his son's middle name as he wrote, "My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son."
He further revealed how special this moment was as he continued, "As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth."
Cooper also thanked his surrogate and wrote, "Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing - what she and all surrogates give to families who can't have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives."
He concluded the post by writing, "I do wish 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."