Anderson Cooper Reflects On His Coming Out

“At a certain point it started to feel like by not saying something, I was saying something."

It’s hard to believe we once lived in a pre-out Anderson Cooper America prior to the summer of 2012, but it was indeed a reality of the time

The de facto foxiest of the silver-haired members of society was once a closeted CNN anchor, author and journalist before publicly coming out in an email to The Dish (then a part of The Daily Beast).

Ahead of his new HBO documentary Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper, Coops again sat down with the Daily Beast to discuss, amongst a slow of other topics, his coming out.

“At a certain point it started to feel like by not saying something, I was saying something,” he says. “It seemed like I was uncomfortable about something, which wasn’t the case. I was leading a very open gay life with my partner in New York, we’d go to gay bars… so I wrote out a letter, like a public statement, and I had it published on The Daily Beast.”

He continues:

“I was actually in Africa when it was published. The day it went online I was in Botswana in a remote camp that had no Internet or phone connection, and I remember I’d forgotten to tell my mom that it was going to be published. So she read it in The New York Times and I couldn’t reach her for three days. When I finally got to a phone she said, ‘Oh, I saw that thing! I didn’t know you were going to do that!”

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So how does Cooper feel about the recent onslaught of public coming outs, including Gus Kenworthy, Charlie Carver and Amandla Stenberg?

“I’m certainly not one to preach to anybody about what they should do with their lives, but I do think visibility is important,” he continues. “I understand that people were critical of me for not doing it sooner, and I understand the desire to have people who are visible in the public sphere, but I think we do what we can.”

Cooper and his mother will release a co-authored book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes, in tandem with the upcoming doc.