Anderson Cooper has finally come out of the glass closet.
Though many knew — or at least speculated — that the CNN and daytime host is gay, he had yet to publicly discuss his sexuality.
“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,” Cooper, 45, wrote in an e-mail to blogger Andrew Sullivan, according to CBS News.
In the e-mail, which Cooper gave Sullivan permission to publish, the journalist says he’s always been out to his family, friends and coworkers but didn’t see a need to address his sexuality publicly — until now.
“It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid,” Cooper wrote. “This is distressing because it is simply not true.”
As someone who’s been ‘out’ on the radio for the past 6 years or so, I personally admire Anderson Cooper’s decision to go public, and I hope his message of pride reaches people who may need the reassurance that you can be gay, and successful and happy.