Two weeks after announcing the birth of his son via a surrogate, the AC360 anchor explained to SiriusXM host Howard Stern that his ex has stepped in to co-parent Wyatt because he is like family to him.
“I don’t really have a family, so my friends have become my family,” Cooper told Stern, per Page Six.
Cooper and Maisani, a French nightclub owner, dated for 10 years and split in 2018.
The anchor explained that, while he and Maisani didn’t work out as a couple, he wanted a second parental figure in his son’s life because Cooper himself didn’t have one when he was growing up. The future newsman’s father, Wyatt Cooper, died when he was a young boy, so he and his brother Carter were raised by their mother, fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt. Carter died in 1988.
“When I was a little kid, it was just my mom and my brother, but it was my mom — she was not the most parental person and I wish some adult after my dad died had stepped in and just been like, ‘You know what, I’ll take you to a ball game,'” Cooper said.
The new dad, 52, added that he wants his son to be familiar with other parental figures in case something happens to him. But even if nothing does, he told Stern he felt the more family the newborn has, the better.
“If more people love my son and are in his life, I’m all for that.”
“You know, my ex is a great guy, and I think it’s good to have two parents if you can,” Cooper added.
He noted that Wyatt will call him “Dad” or “Daddy,” while Maisani, 47, will be called “Papa.”
Of course, the proud father needn’t worry about not having support from his friends. Longtime pal Andy Cohen has already declared their baby sons will be besties, so it sounds like some father-son playdates are in their future.
On Cohen’s SiriusXM show Andy Cohen Live, Cooper revealed he even received a supportive phone call from music legend Elton John after Wyatt’s birth, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Cohen — who received a similar call from the “Tiny Dancer'” singer when his own son, Ben, was born — noted Cooper has now joined the Gay Dads Club. The Bravo producer also dished that John, who has two sons, 9-year-old Zachary and 7-year-old Elijah with his husband David Furnish, sent baby Ben a Gucci shirt and shorts set when he was born.
Cooper previously revealed that he told his mother about his plans to become a father shortly before her death last June.