The Watch What Occurs Reside host and Cooper first met within the early ’90s once they had been virtually arrange on a blind date. Nevertheless, the pair’s dynamic by no means turned romantic as a result of Cohen broke the CNN information anchor’s “cardinal rule” of dating — mentioning his socialite mom, Gloria Vanderbilt.
“Andy and I had been first arrange on a blind date, which by no means occurred as a result of we had a cellphone name and after two minutes I mentioned, ‘I’m not dating this guy,’” Cooper recalled on Watch What Occurs Reside in December 2016. “He broke my cardinal rule … he talked about my mother inside the first 4 sentences of assembly me.”
Though the duo by no means went on a date, they cast a friendship that developed into an equally sturdy working relationship. Cohen and Cooper have hit the highway collectively yearly since 2016 for his or her conversational stage tour, “AC2: An Intimate Night with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.” The Radio Andy host has additionally joined Cooper to cohost CNN’s New Yr’s Eve Reside since 2017.
Cohen and the Nothing Left Stated writer not solely help one another professionally however have leaned on one another by way of the ups and downs of their private lives. The Bravo exec shared a touching tribute in honor of Cooper’s mom, Gloria, when she died in June 2019.
“Gloria Vanderbilt was an incredible girl who lived a life full of unimaginable peaks and unimaginable obstacles,” Cohen wrote on the time by way of Instagram. “By way of all of it she remained eternally optimistic with a depraved humorousness. In truth, Anderson’s iconic and infectious giggle comes from his mother. Sending Anderson all my love, and will she Relaxation In Peace.”
Cooper was additionally by Cohen’s aspect — whereas nonetheless respecting social distancing pointers — because the Bravo host recovered from coronavirus in April 2020. Cohen shared a photograph of his pal using by his New York Metropolis condo by way of Instagram.
“That is about as shut as I’ll be attending to @andersoncooper for some time…. (on 10x zoom lens btw!)” Cohen captioned the blurry picture.
The BFFs have additionally each achieved a significant milestone —becoming parents. Cohen welcomed his son, Benjamin, by way of surrogate in February 2019. Cooper, for his half, introduced the birth of his son, Wyatt, by way of surrogate in April 2020.
Cohen revealed by way of Instagram in Might 2020 that he hopes their sons will “be greatest mates” once they grow old — identical to their dads.
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