We love Anderson Cooper for many things. He’s an excellent journalist, a talented CNN anchor and now an out and proud gay man.
He’s also not a great keeper of secrets, because apparently some people might have guessed about Cooper’s sexuality long before he came out of the closet.
Well Gay Star News was baffled, so we decided to do our own research in Cooper and the furore surrounding him before his announcement. And from what we found, we’re wondering why it took him so long?
So check out the seven gayest things everyone’s favorite silver fox newsreader did before coming out:
Named second most powerful gay man in America. In 2007
Some thought Out Magazine made a slight hiccup when they named Cooper the second most powerful gay man in America (behind record executive David Geffen, obviously).
The feature was about the ‘glass closet’, the concept that allows celebrities to avoid the career repercussions that come with coming out.
On the cover a man and a woman were holding face masks; one of Anderson Cooper, and the other of Jodie Foster.
Co-hosted New Year’s Eve with gay icon Kathy Griffin
For the past three years, Cooper has hosted New Year’s Eve with close friend, comedian and gay icon Kathy Griffin.
Griffin once said her demograph consisted of gays, women, and ‘three straight guys’, so people definitely wondered about their friendship.
Every single year Griffin has made it her plan to torture Cooper, such as heckling the crowd or stripping down to her bra behind him.
Each year the flame-haired comedian succeeds in making him sweat with fear and laugh uncontrollably.
Found a problem with pronouns
During a 2004 interview on CNN where Cooper interviewed Reverend Falwell, he seemed to find a problem with his pronouns and could have accidentally outed himself.
COOPER: But there are a lot of gay families out there, Reverend Falwell, there are a lot of gay families out there. I think there are like a million kids being raised by gay parents who say that if you want to protect families, you know, civil unions will give inheritance rights, will give Social Security, survivor benefits rights to…
FALWELL: Anderson, that’s all a red herring. If you want to leave something to your cat, you can do that in your will…
COOPER: It’s not a red herring. That’s simply not true. It’s not true. You know we pay taxes
Wore fetish gear during a news segment
This video has to be seen to be believed. During a segment for ABCnews.com Cooper and a colleague celebrated ‘World Noose Day’ at a famous leather shop in New York.
Had a character in Glee named after him
Every gay’s favorite show last year, Glee, brought in a new character played by gay actor Matt Bomer.
Currently starring in every gay’s favorite film this year Magic Mike, Bomer’s character was called Cooper Anderson. Somehow we don’t think it was a coincidence.
Cracked up over the words ‘pussy willow’
Anderson Cooper knows he gets the bad case of the giggles, and sometimes he gets them on national television.
It all happened when he was talking about Dyngus Day, a Polish-American celebration marking the end of Lent. One of the traditions is girls striking boys with a pussy willow branch and that is what gave Cooper the giggle fit.
Check out the video here:
Never denied it
In any interview when Cooper was asked about his sexuality, he always said he did not discuss his personal life.
This allowed his relationships to flourish away from the preying eyes of the media, and meant he could stay safe when he was out abroad in places where it was not so safe to be gay.
In his coming out letter, he says: ‘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.’