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Anderson Cooper and son Wyatt on the cover of People magazine (Photo: Melanie Acevedo/People)

Back in April we were surprised to learn that Anderson Cooper had gone from being a zaddy to a full-on daddy. Now the openly gay journalist and news anchor graces the cover of People magazine with his son Wyatt for their first ever Pride issue.

For those of you with a short-term memory and need a little refresher, Cooper, 53, revealed on his 360° show on CNN at the end of April that he had become a father via the use of a surrogate. Shortly after his on-air announcement, he posted images of him and his son to his Instagram.

For People, he struck a pose with his son for a beautiful portrait shot by photographer Melanie Acevedo and opened up about the experience of becoming a parent. He describes his son’s birth as, “A dream come true.”

“When I was 12 years old and knew I was gay and thought about my life, it always upset me because I thought, ‘I will never be able to have a kid’,” says Cooper.

“It feels like my life has actually begun,” he continued. “And I sort of wonder, what was I waiting for? This is a new level of love. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced, and yet it’s also very familiar and incredibly special and intimate. It’s really extraordinary.”

Following the news of the arrival of his son, there was speculation that Cooper had gotten back together with his ex, nightclub owner Benjamin Maisani, 47. Cooper later clarified that although they are no longer in a relationship, they are raising Wyatt together as co-parents.

Here’s what he told Howard Stern back in April on why he chose Maisani as a co-parent: “I don’t really have a family, and so my friends become my family,” he said. “And this is somebody I was involved with for 10 years. He’s a great guy.

He also said that since Wyatt’s arrival he and Maisani haven’t gotten much sleep, and have become more sensitive emotionally:

“I’m more tired than I’ve ever been, but I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said Cooper.

“I cry at things I never cried at before. And Benjamin, I’ve never seen him cry, but I couldn’t believe how weepy he gets with Wyatt. I find myself being overwhelmed with emotion, and it’s a lovely thing.”

People’s Pride Issue drops this Friday.

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