Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week for the first time in 10 years, the CNN anchor looked back on his 2012 decision to come out publicly as a gay man. DeGeneres reminded him that, at the time of his 2010 appearance on her show, he had yet to go public about his sexuality.
“I came out in high school to my friends and family, and was open at work, but, yes, in a public way, I was not,” he said. “I hadn’t made a statement about it. I never said I wasn’t gay or tried to hide it or pretend anything else. I just didn’t want to talk about it.”
“It got to the point in my life where not saying something seemed like I was saying something,” Cooper continued. “By not saying something, that seemed like I was indicating that I was somehow ashamed of something or not happy being gay.”
“The complete opposite has always been the case,” he added, before mentioning his son. “I consider it ― along with Wyatt ― one of the great blessings of my life.”
Watch Anderson Cooper on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” below.