Anderson Cooper Talks About His Dead Brother, But Not You Know What

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Anderson Cooper has long said that he won't address his private life because he doesn't want to be the story.

But he'll talk about the tragedy of his dead brother.

Somehow that's more reportable than the way happier tale of Anderson's gayness and love relationship.

Next Monday, on his daytime talk show, the anchor-slash-chat-host will air an episode where he and his mother, the high-cheekboned Gloria Vanderbilt, reminisce about past horrors.

Specifically, they talk about the suicide of Carter Vanderbilt Cooper in 1988, as family friend Judy Collins emerges to sing "Amazing Grace."

For the cameras.

This from the don't-ask-me-about myself glass closet inhabitor?

Says Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times:

"The one thing he hasn't done yet--and the lacuna grows more awkward and obvious with each show--is talk about his love life.

"It's hard to see how he can leave that out selectively and preserve one particular zone of privacy..."

Haven't I been saying this for years?


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Ari8alana
Ari8alana

Its not such a matter that people want to know he is gay for his celebrity, but women do like him and want to know. He is..a catch. Anyone would want to know if there's a chance. He should go on the Bachelor.

Nicholaslion
Nicholaslion

Is it a fact that he is gay? I would think it would be very hard to hide in this day and age.

Tarzie
Tarzie

Anderson, on his show,  this November: America, I'm gay.America: Choose one: 1. Tell us something we don't know. 2. Who gives a fuck? 3. Who are you exactly? 

Tarzie
Tarzie

Oh God. 

Who gives a shit about this exceedingly dull slice of human white bread.

He can marry his mother for all I give a shit.

Yeah, yeah. I know. He should come out to give gay children hope that one day they can grow up to be complete conformist tools, and if Mommy was rich, make a good living too!!!

R K Alvin
R K Alvin

I can't tell if Anderson Cooper is gay or not. He could be. I think he is supportive of gay people because his brother committed suicide for being gay. Not to say that AC shouldn't support gay people even if a family member is not gay. The mother probably did not want the brother to be gay. I could be wrong but it is something to think about. It could also be why he does alot of work to stop gay bashing, the hate and bullying. He probably want to show that it is good to accept people without any regard to their sexual orientation.

bsomers
bsomers

This is all bullshit. It is fine to talk about the suicide of your dead brother but not about the fact that you're gay?  I say out the boring bastard; I don't care who he bottoms for; all he has to say is "I am gay and now on with the news. . . "  In these troubled times his silence means embarrassment; why not be a gay man with power?  Whatever.  He has all the money in the world and no balls.

osamasoldkidney
osamasoldkidney

According to Shariah  Law the penalty for homosexuality is death, but unlike other death sentences the law requires that the offenders be driven to a high point and pushed over and that the sticks or instruments used for mustering the offenders be discarded afterwards as they are contaminated by touching the condemned and you are not supposed to touch or have physical contact with people engaged in acts that violate the natural laws of the created universe.

Barbramsey281
Barbramsey281

i really respect  anderson for his intelligent retrospect of world issues from a wealthy background of american old money as they say  he has a real empethy for the struggling classes in this world  read  his mothers book a tribute  to his brother many years ago.  so sorry for their loss.  i am not entitled to know of his private life nor he mine stick with what you do coop

La Grand Puta
La Grand Puta

If Fox lets AC come out of the closet, then News Corp stock must really be in trouble. Anderson Cooper gets engaged during Fall sweeps and then married during Spring sweeps, they'll have to adopt babies the following season then the christening with God-mothers Gaga and Griffin and my GAWD! Can't we get some real entertainment back on the air instead of all this phony reality shit? You're true American Robber Baron aristocracy Mr. Cooper, please show the Tea Baggers you're better than this.

Danielnardicio
Danielnardicio

November for Sweeps Weeks- it's sad but he'll use it for ratings.Ah, I'd probably do the same thing.

Butch
Butch

Anderson wants to keep the boyfriend hidden because people will see this hunk and realize that Anderson is the girly one of the duo.

Topsyturvy8
Topsyturvy8

That remote piece from last week with Kathy Griffin "showing up" at his summer house (and crawling in bed with him ... wearing his underwear) was all kinds of awkward and wrong.  No sign of the boyfriend at the house.

Drew
Drew

May he rot in HELL......Closet Case!!!!!

I have no time for these people.

Melinda9
Melinda9

I had this image of him that he was somewhat hip and self-aware. Sounds like he's going all Oprah. But even she wouldn't (I don't think) have JCollins sing Amazing Grace.

Musto
Musto

The latest "buzz" being tweeted around is that Anderson will come out on his show in November and will marry Ben next spring. We'll see.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Wouldn't it be cool if Brian Williams (who has a great sense of humor) came on Anderson Cooper's show and got all touchy-feely-frisky with him?

I hope Anderson talks about his father, Wyatt Cooper, who began as an actor and became a fine writer. I remember to this day an Esquire piece Wyatt Cooper did long ago about one of Dorothy Parker's last party nights, which he helped bring about  He died relatively young, I think.

The Vanderbilt/Coopers are a fascinating family, much more interesting than just Coop's sexuality.

Jonster
Jonster

It's not like the world doesn't know already.  Anyway, quick, answer this:  Who is Brian Williams sleeping with right now?  Who is Katie Couric sleeping with?  You're thinking "I don't really care," aren't you.  Some celebrities like Anderson get this kind of press heat and I'm sure he's expected it and I respect his desire to handle it in his own way.  I remember him being beaten in Egypt a few months back.  If he were known as Gay Anderson Cooper of CNN and kidnapped on assignment, who knows what those barbarians would do to him.. 

Cate
Cate

I wish you as*holes would leave him alone!!!!!!!!!  I hope he doesn't come out just to get on your nerves.  It's HIS decision!!!!  He travels to dangerous places, where being gay is NOT okay, so maybe he has his reasons for not being completely open.  It's not like he walks around denying it.  Can't you just leave him alone and deal with your own lives??

Wirelesswebb
Wirelesswebb

Im gay and into gays being out and proud. But if I was a reporter who had to go into Arab war zones for my job I wouldn't be out either

candy
candy

Anderson is someone alot of nyers run into in the street, myself see him around the time warner building with his bfrnd and my friend always sees him around chelsea.. He does not look approachable so i have never stopped to say hi to him.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I think his show sucks and it has nothing to do with his choosing to live in the closet.  It reminds me of the fake fun we try to have at a bad New Year's Eve party.  And yes, I will return my toaster if required by gay law.  He lost me a long time ago when he became Katrina Cooper. 

grattt
grattt

Lots of straight celebrities do the same kind of thing. They will talk in detail about unhappy traumas they had in their family like parental divorce, but will lie, be coy or refuse to talk about happy things related to their romantic life like new love, engagement or a scheduled marriage.

Famous people selectively pick what they want to go public with when all the time, and they are guarded about some parts of their life while open about others.

JEWISHPRINCESS0
JEWISHPRINCESS0

The most fascinating story I have ever read was the story of little Gloria Vanderbilt as a child. As an adult beautiful sleeping with Hollywood's elite according to her. Debitante of the year and then the odd choices in men.Today for her age and it is hard to believe she looks fabulous.Carter jumped out a window in front of his mother. Isn't that the tragedy these two share?So..why is everyone waiting for the words to come out of anderson Cooper's mouth.?Like when you wait for an apology..Say it-Say it-.We know he is gay we have seen pictures of his partner we have seen where they live where they vacation. Has it become some new thing in Hollywood to have to have the  person" say it "

Jenny
Jenny

I understand what you're saying, I do. But really, who you go to bed's with is your business only, right?

grattt
grattt

Sam Champion was open to Good Morning America viewers about his dad's death and his own skin cancer. His colleague Robin Roberts is open about her breast cancer struggle. Neither of them are open about being gay. Why is Anderson the only one about whom this stuff is ever made an issue?

ET
ET

No balls? Excuse me? Do you go around saying your sexual preference in public? It is TRULY nobody's business and has nothing to do with his line of work!

Gramma White
Gramma White

We are all humans, each one of us is unique and special and this goes for all. We need to make every effort to understand we all can choose who or what we want to be and should respect one another.

Gable
Gable

I totally agree with you ET.  It is nobody's business what Anderson Cooper does in the privacy of his own bed.  I do understand he has a hot boy friend that his mother wants him to marry.  I second that.  Anderson is 'girly' and his boyfriend is a hot stud.   His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt is SO right.  He should marry his boyfriend. 

Gables  

Gables
Gables

It's nobody's business as to Anderson Cooper's sexuality.

Gabless

mepnyc
mepnyc

The bf was there but not included in the filming !!!

mYtY
mYtY

Just heard Anderson  is at BedlamNYC and @formichetti is DJing

Corine
Corine

What a lucky guy. Cooper is gorgeous and I love how he handles Griffin. He is very sexy good for him and his boyfriend is the luckiest guy in the World. I have had a crush on him for years. I always see him around Chelsea and once coming from the guy boy was that hard to watch. He is handsome.

Pattanumodana
Pattanumodana

I was glad that Cooper & his mother did mention his father Wyatt Cooper and had some photos of him.  Vanderbilt read from Wyatt Cooper's only book, Families: A Memoir and a Celebration, a loving and lovely piece of prose.  I met him once when Marguerite Young invited him to her writing class at the New School, and he made quite an impression.  Anyone who could make an impression when Marguerite Young was in the room had to be quite memorable.

Sass
Sass

Huh??? No one's saying he has to say who he's sleeping with and what they do in bed (though obviously it's Ben Maisani). Just that he says he's gay!!! Did Katie Couric ever hide being straight????

Gables
Gables

I'm gay too, and proud of it.  I always liked guys from an early age.  And grew up with a stepfather and my mother who loathed my sexual choice.  They have 'left the planet' now and I moved to the midwest with a wonderful guy where we own a house in NW ArkansasThe town is very much like San Francisco, gay friendly, and the little town is far different from most of Arkansas..     Gables

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Very valid point....one that never crossed my mind.

Sass
Sass

Great excuse. (rolls eyes) What was his excuse BEFORE he went to Arab war zones?

And should a woman anchor dress like a man in case they go to Arab war zones because, after all, they hate women?

Cate
Cate

THANK YOU!  I'm gay, too and I don't care if he comes out, it's HIS choice and maybe he has very good reasons.  I wish these people would leave him alone, already.

Gables
Gables

I totally agree with you ET.  It is nobody's business what Anderson Cooper does in the privacy of his own bed.  I do understand he has a hot boy friend that his mother wants him to marry.  

Sass
Sass

With public figures? You mean you've never been interested in celebrities' personal lives? And they've never talked about it, showed up with their partners at events, and been covered doing so? Please!!

bsomers
bsomers

Don't forget Diane Sawyer

bsomers
bsomers

He is in a position of power and influence.  And as he is in the public eye it is the public's business. 

Ellis
Ellis

Bedlam is nearing its one-year anniversary.  I think it opened officially in October 2010.  AC has to support his soon-to-be hubby.

grattt
grattt

Did you read the article? Musto and the NYT writer are both saying he should have to say who he is sleeping with, not simply that he is gay.

Cate
Cate

Nobody ever asked her to go on TV and say, "I'm straight" and even if they did, nobodys walking around hating straight people.  Straights will NEVER understand this.  There's hate crime legislation out there for a freakin' reason.  Plus, he travels to places where being gay is NOT ok, so maybe he's being smart.  Why does everyone care SO much about this?  It's so stupid. 

Vivi
Vivi

So you defend the right of someone to talk about his dead brother's suicide for ratings but to think saying he's gay is too gross??? You're a sicko.

Gables
Gables

I totally agree with you ET.  It is nobody's business what Anderson Cooper does in the privacy of his own bed.  I do understand he has a hot boy friend that his mother wants him to marry.  

grattt
grattt

Many straight celebrities are guarded with the media about their dating lives or lie to the press about them. Celebrities are stuck with their personal lives being reported on, but they don't have to hand out the information to the press in interviews and it's normal for them to selectively pick some things to open up about and not others.

ET
ET

I get your point Cate re:  "Why can't people just let gay people live their lives without having to declare anything." Truth is, for years THEY have been wanting more attention; I mean, I don't go through the streets with signs saying I'm heterosexual, but they do all the time to make a point of it. AND - just in case you are wondering... I worked with gay people for 5 years as part of the AIDS and HIV prevention project back in 1987, so I do care about them as people BUT have always said they don't need to yell out loud who they are or what they do... that is their business and should be kept behind doors.

Cate
Cate

No, YOU are a sicko.  He's talking about his brother, as he did in his book years ago, to connect with people.  Soemthing he's very good at, and you're not.  I hear Tom Brokaw talking about his father's death, but I never hear him talk about how straight he is.  He just is.  Why can't people just let gay people live their lives without having to declare anything. It's a double standard at best and harassment at worst.  It's NONE of your business, you sicko.

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