Anderson Cooper gay admission gets support from friends via Twitter

By on Jul 3, 2012 in Lifestyle, Television, United States Comments

Updated: March 17, 2013 11:50 p.m.

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American journalist and CNN host Anderson Cooper finally admitted on Monday, July 2, 2012 that he is gay, after years of speculations from observers; and received support from his close friends and noted celebrities including Ellen Degeneres.

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Cooper, 45, a multi-Emmy Award winner for his show Anderson Cooper 360, sent in a lengthy email to political writer Andrew Sullivan, Cooper‘s longtime friends, posted at The Daily Beast that day as approved by the CNN host, confirming that he is gay and that he is proud about it.

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud. I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues.” Anderson Cooper said in the email.

“In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.” Cooper added, who was featured at Out Magazine in 2007 being ‘gay but not never came out publicly’.

Meanwhile, friends and colleagues praised Anderson Cooper, who was seen twice giggling live on TV on his RidicuList segment on his CNN show, for revealing publicly that he is gay, including his friend Kathy Griffin and TV personality Ellen Degeneres.

‘Here I am w/ my friend @andersoncooper who I’m so proud of.” Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) tweeted about four hours ago, along with an Instagram photo of her and Anderson together and holding hands, and a link to his gay admission article at

“I’m proud of you, @AndersonCooper.” Comedian and host Ellen Degeneres (@TheEllenShow) tweeted that day, who admitted publicly in 1997 that she is also gay and married girlfriend Portia de Rossi on August 16, 2008.

“Very proud of @AndersonCooper. I recently shared an airplane ride with him and he smells of baby powder and sunshine. Well done sir.” 2-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Wier-Voronov (@JohnnyGWier) tweeted.

“So proud of you @AndersonCooper. Always have been, always will be.” TV personality and Cooper‘s friend Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) tweeted that day, with personalities such as Wanda Sykes, Dan Savage, Andy Borowitz among those who also praised Cooper for finally coming out.

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