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Anderson Cooper Planning Labor Day Wedding, Says Tabloid


Now that he's done and come out, the tabloids are claiming CNN host Anderson Cooper is preparing to propose to his boyfriend.

From The Daily Mail:

Anderson Cooper is reportedly preparing to marry his long-term boyfriend -- and the nuptials could take place as soon as Labor Day.


Cooper, 45, is now planning to marry his boyfriend Ben Maisani, whom he has been dating since at least 2009, in New York City later this year, the National Enquirer reported.

'He'd been considering breaking the news [about being gay] since same-sex marriage became legal in the state of New York last summer,' a source told the Enquirer.

There are few other details about this rumor, other than that most of us probably won't be invited.

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  1. I'm jealous, but at least it looks like Anderson is in good hands (etc.!).

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 11, 2012 3:22:25 PM

  2. Good for them, but since, as the article says, they are such a low-key couple, they can't be too thrilled about their wedding plans (if it's even true) splashed all over the internet/tabloids. AC is notoriously private about who he dates or is involved with and I don't think coming out publicly has changed that, but I guess we'll see.

    Posted by: Zee | Jul 11, 2012 3:27:02 PM

  3. @What? You are not reading. I never said he owed anyone anything. The point is that he's been credit for some sort of altruistic decision to come out, when it was nothing of the sort. You wouldn't applaud a company that change its carbon emissions policy because it would get a tax break, so why laud Anderson for coming out solely because he's getting married?

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Jul 11, 2012 3:30:33 PM

  4. The tabloid's source is the National Enquirer, so the odds are it isn't true. The Enquirer previously falsely claimed Anderson and Benjamin were adopting a kid from Haiti.

    Posted by: greg | Jul 11, 2012 3:42:53 PM

  5. @Mike8787: You are reading, but reading a tabloid and letting it form your assumptions. AGAIN: how do you know he came out solely because he is getting married? You are making this assumption based on something you read in a tabloid! I would not make this judgement based on what the Daily Mail/National Enquirer or any other rag claims. My point is YOU DON'T KNOW WHY HE REALLY DID IT!

    As for as oweing us something, you said regarding gay marriage: "something he could've helped pass". Sounds like he owes it to us. Why should he help pass it? He is a journalist. If he came out of the closet and said this should be passed people would have a field day with that saying that is the only reason why he did it. Plus, his journalistic credibility would be shot and the conservatives and the conservatice press would be all over for him for it.

    Come on!

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 11, 2012 3:44:49 PM

  6. Can't a guy just go out for a bike ride with his hot-looking friend without everybody hearing wedding bells?

    And look at that photo! Hot friend might be checking out the female on the left, and Anderson doesn't like it!

    Posted by: just out for a ride | Jul 11, 2012 3:48:45 PM

  7. @MIKE8787... So you're whining about other people giving kudos to AC for coming out. You keep claiming he came out only when he could get married in New York and forget he could have gotten married in, say Massachusetts, and the marriage would have been recognized in NY state even before the marriage equality law was passed last year. Face it, you really have no more knowledge than the rest of us of why he came out when he did, aside from what he revealed in that email to Andrew Sullivan.

    Posted by: RJ | Jul 11, 2012 3:51:54 PM

  8. He came out a few months before his wedding. Maybe you're right, but the timing is suspicious.

    And you're still missing my point. I'm not saying he had to say anything, but I don't think he should be given credit as some hero for coming out when he only did it for personal reasons. He's free to come out or not come out, but we don't have to have a parade when people do so at personally opportune times and when it is safest to do so. I'm not saying yell at him, I'm just saying we should stop acting like he's Ellen freakin' DeGeneres for coming out so he can get married.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Jul 11, 2012 3:58:26 PM

  9. @MIKE8787 Plese prove where he is coming out solely so he can get married.

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 11, 2012 4:01:01 PM

  10. @Mike8787: As has been made very clear by all the "we already know" responses from straights to Anderson's coming out, he was already well known to be gay because he'd made no real effort to hide it and he is well liked so he was in that way already having some influence on the public's perceptions of gays. He wouldn't have officially endorsed gay marriage even if he was out because it wouldn't be professionally appropriate for a non-partisan reporter.

    This article might be false. It doesn't say much for their accuracy that they wrongly claim that Anderson came out in an *interview* with the daily beast and they invent a refernce to Obama. If it is true, Anderson would fit a long line of gay celebrities like Wanda Sykes, Clay Aiken, and David Hyde Pierce who go public with their sexuality in response to developments in their personal life that seem to make the time right. He's been very active in anti-bullying efforts so I don't think there's any reason to doubt that bullying concerns played a role, he could after all get married without coming out and he wouldn't be the first LGBT celebrity to do so.

    Posted by: greg | Jul 11, 2012 4:08:54 PM

  11. Dude, I was responding to the contention in the article. And no, you're right, he never said, "I'm coming out so I can get married." Clearly, if that were the case, he would rush to be on record to say that. ಠ_ಠ

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Jul 11, 2012 4:11:27 PM

  12. Best wishes to them both. :)

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 11, 2012 4:16:16 PM

  13. Mike, Ellen came out because she was going to therapy and decided coming out was the right thing for her. Unless they are thrown out of the closet like George Michaels in the toilet bust, celebrities just like everyone else usually come out because they have reached a suitable point in their own development. Coming out is always a personal decision that always has social impact. Everyone should be saluted for coming out.

    Posted by: tk | Jul 11, 2012 4:20:40 PM

  14. Dude, the contention in the article was from a tabloid! As we all know, tabloids have the best credibility. You then say: "And no, you're right, he never said, "I'm coming out so I can get married." So, why are you saying that he is? Just because a tabloid said it was so? The best part is the Daily Mail didn't even do the legwork on the article, they just re-worked what was in the National Enquirer "story". A tabloid quoting a tabloid. Rich.

    In the future make judgements based on fact.

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 11, 2012 4:22:03 PM

  15. That should read: "the legwork on the main jist of the article: Anderson getting married". That was based on what the Enquirer said.

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 11, 2012 4:30:51 PM

  16. Dude, you are incorrigible. It was posted on this site, so I responded to it. If you don't like it that people are responding to particular content posted, take it up with Andrew Belonsky, who put a link to the article up. I'm going to respond to what I'm reading, and take at its given value without reason to doubt it. Perhaps its wrong -- but my response to the situation posed in the article. Could it be wrong? Yes. But am I not going to respond to its contentions unless it is a cited and proven true article? No, and neither would you.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Jul 11, 2012 4:34:46 PM

  17. I wish I was famous !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 11, 2012 4:45:52 PM

  18. No, please, make it stop! Now we'll have a non-stop 24/7 media "Wedding Watch" until Labor Day, with every detail (where? who's invited? who's singing? who's officiating? what will they WEAR?!) hashed, rehashed and debated until anyone with an internet connection will be considering suicide. I don't begrude the man his happiness, but this has Kardashian-Grade Media Circus written all over it.

    Posted by: Sancho | Jul 11, 2012 4:45:55 PM

  19. Hey guys settle down and get married for yourself and stop speculating on someone that is completely out of your league on so many fronts.

    It has been an OPEN secret for countless years that Anderson (loves the buff and tanner boys) Cooper is gay.

    Now let's move on and discuss the fact that David Burtka has another set of twins with Lane Janger

    Posted by: TrueWords | Jul 11, 2012 5:00:42 PM

  20. Sometimes Anderson films himself in his firehouse for his daytime show, maybe he'll include Ben in the clips if they get married. There's nothing to hide now.

    Posted by: overandout | Jul 11, 2012 5:18:25 PM

  21. Ben is a hottie. And, as if we didn't know, Andy is definitely the bottom. Mazel Tov!

    Posted by: LAX/JFK | Jul 11, 2012 5:35:57 PM

  22. That anyone would believe that the Daily Mail somehow has the inside scoop on this supposed proposal is absolutely hilarious.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jul 11, 2012 6:17:26 PM

  23. Fame is a comic opera.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jul 11, 2012 6:18:28 PM

  24. All this talk of marriage and yet Anderson has never acknowledged publicly that he's in a relationship with Ben at all. But that may happen too someday.

    Posted by: Justin | Jul 11, 2012 6:19:13 PM

  25. Good for them. Gay marriages are so much more romantic and beautiful than a generic straight marriage in my opinion. They make a great looking couple. Best of luck Anderson

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Jul 11, 2012 6:39:53 PM

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