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.”
“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!”
“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.