A big congratulations to TV host Andy Cohen, who just became a father.
The TV personality, who is best known for his hosting duties on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, welcomed in his first child via surrogate on Monday (4 February).
The 50-year-old posted an adorable photo on Instagram which shows him cradling his newborn son.
‘WOW! This is my son, Benjamin Allen Cohen. He is 9 lbs 2 ounces !!’ he posted.
’20 inches !! Born at 6:35 pm, PT He is named after my grandfather Ben Allen. I’m in love. And speechless. And eternally grateful to an incredible surrogate. And I’m a dad. Wow.’
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WOW! This is my son, Benjamin Allen Cohen. He is 9 lbs 2 ounces !! 20 inches !! Born at 6:35 pm, PT He is named after my grandfather Ben Allen. I’m in love. And speechless. And eternally grateful to an incredible surrogate. And I’m a dad. Wow. ♥️🌈
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‘Family means everything to me’
Fans have been eagerly awaiting news of Cohen’s first child since the end of last year.
At the end of the final episode of Watch What Happens Live on 20 December 2018, Cohen shared the big news with the audience.
‘I’ve always tried to be as transparent as possible about my life,’ he told the crowd.
‘I overshare and I expect everyone around me to do the same and tonight I want you to be the first to know that after many years of careful deliberation, fair amount of prayers and the benefit of science, if all goes according to plan, in about six weeks time, I’m going to become a father thanks to a wonderful surrogate who is carrying my future.’
Upon hearing the announcemnet, the audience erupted into cheers.
‘Family means everything to me and having one of my own is something I’ve wanted in my heart for my entire life and while it has taken me longer than most to get there, I cannot wait for what I envision will be my most rewarding chapter yet,’ Cohen added.
‘This is the biggest year for me’
Cohen revealed the gender of his unborn baby to CNN host Anderson Cooper during the broadcast of last year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York.
‘This is the biggest year for me,’ he told Cooper. ‘It’s a boy. I gotta tell you I cannot wait to meet this boy.’
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 1, 2019
Cohen temporarily relocated filming of Watch What Happens Live to Los Angeles in early January so he could be closer to the surrogate carrier.
The single dad joins a long list of gay men who have become fathers via surrogacy, such as Elton John and David Furnish, Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black, and Ricky Martin and husband Jwan Yosef.
Here’s wishing him all the best on his journey into fatherhood.