These two longtime friends, who became fathers just months apart, shared a darling look at one of their sons’ first in-person playdates on Friday.
While Anderson Cooper, 53, and Andy Cohen, 52, initially introduced their little boys on a virtual episode of Watch What Happens Live in June, the New York City-based media are now pushing their strollers down the same streets of Greenwich Village.
‘Playground Dads!’ Cohen captioned a selfie of himself beaming next to the CNN anchor, who welcomed his first child, Wyatt, via surrogate in April.
Passing down their friendship: Andy Cohen snapped a selfie with his longtime pal Anderson Cooper, as they enjoyed an in-person playdates with their sons
On their outing, the doting dads both flashed bright smiles, as they momentarily slid out of their CDC-recommended face masks to take a picture.
The WWHL host, who is a single father to his one-year-old Benjamin Allen, sported a cozy knit sweater over a grey t-shirt and a purple face mask, made by RHONY alum Jill Zarin, 56.
The pair have been vocal about fostering a friendship between their babies, with Cohen previously joking that if his toddler likes Wyatt ‘half as much as’ he likes his father, they’re ‘going to be great’ pals.
Doting dad: The WWHL host, who is a single father to his one-year-old Benjamin Allen, sported a cozy knit sweater over a grey t-shirt and a purple face mask, made by RHONY alum Jill Zarin, 56
Due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, the little ones were not able to meet up for months.
The tots’ fathers, however, appear to be making up for lost time, as playgrounds sites reopen with social distancing across New York City.
Cohen’s post certainty delighted his more than four million Instagram followers, as the picture hit more than 50,000 likes in under an hour.
Fatherly love: Cooper, 53, and Cohen, 52, first introduced their little boys back in June, on the Bravo host’s show, Watch What Happens Live
While neither of their sons were pictured, they are both fixtures on their respective fathers’ Instagram accounts.
Earlier this week, Cohen posted a very autumnal photo of Ben wandering through an expansive pumpkin patch.
‘Happy Fall,’ Andy captioned the whimsical snap, accompanied by Halloween pumpkin emojis.
Happy Fall: Bravo superstar Andy Cohen chose to focus on family over the weekend, posting a lovely and very autumnal photo of his son Benjamin Allen to his Instagram
Meanwhile, last month, Anderson nearly broke the internet with an update on his mini-me, who is five-months-old, calling him ‘such a happy baby.’
In the photograph, the Emmy-winning journalist laid side-by-side with his son, who has started teething.
Cooper also revealed Wyatt already loves Dr. Seuss, ‘particularly, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.’
Lookalike son: Meanwhile, last month, Anderson nearly broke the internet with an update on his mini-me, who is five-months-old, calling him ‘such a happy baby’
The first-time father has been opened up about his choice to co-parent Wyatt with his ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani, who he split from in 2018 after ten years together.
Speaking in the June Pride issue of People, he said ‘I knew what it was like growing up without a dad,’ adding, ‘If there was ever something that happened to me, I would want Wyatt to be surrounded by love,’ in regards to his father Wyatt Cooper passing away during surgery when he was just 10.
In the same issue of the magazine, the new dad said he hasn’t ruled out welcoming more children in the future.
Siblings? In the same issue of the magazine, the new dad said he hasn’t ruled out welcoming more children in the future
‘I need to probably sleep a little bit more and clear my head, but I think it would be great, one day, to have a brother or sister for Wyatt,’ he said. ‘I haven’t ruled anything out down the road.’
Despite adjusting to his new schedule, which includes waking up around 7 a.m., after anchoring his CNN show every weekday night, his son has ‘changed everything,’ while speaking to WSJ. Magazine in August.
Change: Despite adjusting to his new schedule, which includes waking up around 7 a.m., after anchoring his CNN show every weekday night, his son has ‘changed everything,’ while speaking to WSJ. Magazine in August
‘It’s changed everything,’ he admitted. ‘I’ve often in my life felt like I was waiting for my actual life to begin – it’s obviously ridiculous because I’m 53 years old – but… I’ve been very focused on getting to some place, getting a story. Because I’m focused on him, it gives an order to everything.’
On Friday, Cohen also announced he was ‘teaming up with @charitybuzz to offer one lucky donor a follow by’ him to support the national not-for-profit, Pride Live.
The starting bid is at $5,000.