Anderson Cooper shared when he knew – and when he admitted – that he was gay

Anderson Cooper was 45 when he came out in public in 2012, but this week, a CNN viewer wanted to know what age the newsman realized when he was gay for the first time.

In his reply, Cooper pointed out that they were two different things that happened at very different ages.

“I probably … I don’t know … 7, when I realized that,” he explained in the episode “Full Circle” on Monday. “I’m not sure I knew the word ‘gay’ at the time, but I realized that something was up, something different. It was probably, yes, рем or eah.”

As she grew older, she understood more about what it meant and even opened up to friends about her sexual orientation in high school. But eventually, he said he was “struggling” as a teenager.

Cooper found that there were things he could not easily do, such as joining the military at a time when homosexuality was considered a basis for discharge or traveling abroad in areas where it was illegal and often gay Was dangerous for And that was not all.

“It was not what I imagined for my life,” he said. “I imagined a family and married and did all the things that were not possible at that time.”

But he started recuperating his vision of the future after attending Yale University.

“Now I think I really accepted it – and just kind of, really not only accepted it but fully embraced it and started loving the fact that I was gay – It would probably be right after college, “the now-53-year-old said that it was” a year after college (when) I realized, ‘I don’t want to waste too much time worrying about it’ and my Wish I was some other way. “

And that personal acceptance changed everything for him.

“I think being gay is one of the great blessings of my life,” he continued. “And it has made me a better person; it has made me a better reporter. When you grow up you feel like you’re out of things. You’re like an observer of things or not necessarily in the mainstream Well, you look at society a little bit differently. And I think it can be very valuable and affect how you treat other people and how you see things. People I have loved, loved them and loved the life I have.

As society began to come to grips with the feeling of accepting, many things that they once thought were impossible became reality in their lives – such as starting their own family.

In April last year, he welcomed his son Wyatt into the world via a surrogate.

Cooper told People magazine soon after Wyatt was born, “When I was 12 years old and I knew I was gay and thought about my life, it always bothered me, because I thought, ‘ I’ll never be able to have a baby. ” “It’s like a dream come true.”

This story was originally published on TODAY.com.

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