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Anderson Cooper reacts to outpouring of support since coming out publicly

CNN anchor says he 'appreciates all the nice tweets'

Anderson Cooper, after being silent about his sexuality for so long, picked the perfect week to acknowledge publicly that he is gay.

On a typical week, he is live on the air on CNN at least one hour a night with Anderson Cooper 360 and would have been a bigger story than anything else he would have covered.

But the CNN anchor is on assignment in Africa and away from the relentless coverage that has followed since publication on Monday (2 July) of his coming out letter in The Daily Beast.

Earlier today, the newsman and daytime talk show host did resurface briefly on Twitter to respond to the outpouring of support he has received in recent days.

'I appreciate all the nice tweets,' he wrote. 'I am in Botswana working but want to wish everyone a great 4th of July!'

In a letter to Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan, Cooper wrote in part: 'I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. 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. This is distressing because it is simply not true.'

'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.'

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