Anderson Cooper was upset with his former partner Benjamin Maisani after he missed son Wyatt’s first steps: ‘He should have just lied’
Anderson Cooper recently spoke about missing his son Wyatt’s first steps during Wednesday’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
The 54-year-old television personality revealed that he was ‘really p***ed’ when his former partner, Benjamin Maisani, texted him about his one-year-old son’s big achievement.
The journalist and his ex ended their romantic relationship in March of 2018, but they plan to co-parent the toddler for the foreseeable future.
Unhappy dad: Anderson Cooper ‘got really p***ed’ when his ex, Benjamin Maisani, texted him about his son Wyatt’s first steps during Wednesday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Cooper recalled that he was in the middle of an assignment when he got the notification about his son’s steps, which startled him greatly.
He recalled, ‘I was going to Israel last week, it was my first work trip for 60 Minutes, and I was doing an interview and I get this text from Wyatt’s other dad, Benjamin, and he said, “He just walked!!”‘
The television personality then expressed that he grew incensed over the text and that his former partner would have done better to conceal the fact for when he returned home.
He said, ‘My reaction was fury … I got really p***ed at Benjamin. I was like, “In my household when I grew up, you would lie about everything.” He should have just lied!’
Stressful occasion: The television personality recalled that he was notified about Wyatt’s first steps when he was on a work assignment in Israel
Looking back: The political commentator expressed that his former partner ‘should have just lied’ and not told him about his son’s achievement
Cooper, having returned home, spoke about his young son’s moving habits and humorously remarked that Wyatt ‘walks like a drunken sailor.’
The journalist also spoke about his baby son’s attempts at speech and noted that, although he had not taken to English quite yet, his effort was admirable nonetheless.
Anderson noted that his child ‘talks in a dialect of Hindu or Urdu, I’m not sure … It’s incredible. It’s a really interesting dialect.
‘He doesn’t make any sense at this point, but he’s very committed to it,’ Cooper added.
Doing his best: Cooper also told Colbert that, although his son has not mastered English, he currently ‘talks in a dialect of Hindu or Urdu, I’m not sure’
The pair were romantically involved for over 10 years before they announced their amicable split in 2018.
However, he asked his former partner to reenter his life prior to the birth of his son, who was delivered with the help of a surrogate in April of last year.
Cooper partially named his child after his late father, who passed away when he was just 10-years-old.
Doing their thing: Although Cooper and Maisani split up in 2018, they agreed to co-parent Wyatt, who was welcomed via a surrogate (seen in 2018)
He spoke about the experience of becoming a father when his own was not present during his childhood and pointed out that he was not prepared for the experience.
Specifically, the journalist expressed that parenthood ‘has made me sort of connect with my dad … in a way that I never really anticipated.’
He also remarked that he was starting to recall experiences that he had with his father while he took care of his own son, which he was amused by.
‘I remember things about my dad that I never remembered before because I’m experiencing them with Wyatt as a dad. It’s really interesting,’ he said.
Emotional effect: Cooper also expressed that parenthood has helped him reconnect with his late father ‘in a way that I never really anticipated’