New Year's resolution? Anderson Cooper is 'looking for love' four years after split from Benjamin Maisani

New Year's resolution? Anderson Cooper is 'looking for love' four years after split from Benjamin Maisani
Anderson Cooper came out as gay on July 2, 2012 (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Anderson Cooper is ready to start dating again. This comes four years after his public separation with ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani. Exclusive information obtained by Radar Online indicates that the CBS anchor has been "getting help from some of his happily married famous friends" in order to find his next romantic partner. "Anderson has made it clear, his New Year's resolution is to find a boyfriend," a close inside source told the outlet.

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Before breaking up in 2018, Cooper and Maisani made their red carpet debut in 2015 at the 26th annual GLAAD Awards. The ex-couple is still co-parenting their two children. "Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago. We are still family to each other, and love each other very much," Cooper shared in a statement about their break up. "We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together."

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(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Anderson Cooper (L) and Benjamin Maisani attend Kathy Griffin's Carnegie Hall Performance official after party hosted by Anderson Cooper at Trattoria Dell Arte Restaurant on November 8, 2013 in New York City.
Anderson Cooper (L) and Benjamin Maisani attend Kathy Griffin's Carnegie Hall Performance official after party hosted by Anderson Cooper at Trattoria Dell Arte Restaurant on November 8, 2013 in New York City.(Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

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After their first meeting in 2009, the journalist and his businessman ex-boyfriend confirmed their relationship in 2015 with a series of red carpet appearances. Three years later, they announced their split. "I'm definitely a workaholic," Cooper said. "I'm off about one weekend a month. During the week I'm on CNN, and also work for 60 Minutes — most of the weekends are traveling for CNN or 60 minutes." Cooper said that despite his heavy workload, Maisani was always supportive before the break up. "He's never asked me not to go somewhere," the broadcaster shared. "He's pretty understanding that the job requires travel, and he's cool with that." Cooper said they ended their relationship amicably, but he would not say what issues or circumstances caused it.

In this screengrab Anderson Cooper speaks during the CITIZEN by CNN 2020 Conference on September 22, 2020 in UNSPECIFIED, United States.
In this screengrab, Anderson Cooper on CNN. Anderson Cooper travels frequently as a TV host and journalist (Getty Images for CNN)

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When Cooper had son Wyatt Morgan in 2020, the pair decided to co-parent. "While we were a couple, he wasn't sure he wanted kids, which was one of the issues we'd always had," Cooper told People. "But when I decided, 'I'm just going to do this,' he started to be interested." The former couple announced the birth of their second child, Sebastian Luke, in 2022. "I've always believed that if you've been with somebody and that ends, in terms of an intimate relationship, if you love somebody, there's no reason why that love shouldn't continue," Cooper said.

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