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CNN's Anderson Cooper Confirms He's Gay

Monday, 02 Jul 2012 12:18 PM

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After years of speculation regarding Anderson Cooper’s sexual orientation, he has finally confirmed his homosexuality in a letter to blogger Andrew Sullivan.

The letter was published with permission from Cooper on Sullivan’s blog, "The Dish," at The Daily Beast. Sullivan is a gay conservative and a prominent political analyst.

Cooper explained his decision to publicly confirm the otherwise commonly held assumption stating, “It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”

The CNN personality attributed his public coming out to taking a stand against bullying, discrimination and violence due to sexual orientation. Still, some speculated that this decision is an attempt to raise lagging ratings of his television show, "Anderson Cooper 360."

But Cooper was adamant in his letter that now simply seemed the best time to come out.

“The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud," Cooper wrote.

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