'As gay kid I never thought I'd have a child': Anderson Cooper welcomes son ...

Anderson Cooper has announced the birth of his son, a little boy named Wyatt Cooper. 

The CNN anchor shared the first picture of the little boy Thursday night, telling viewers of his Anderson Cooper 360 show: 'As gay kid I never thought I'd have a child.'

He thanked the child's surrogate mother and medical professionals who delivered the child amid the coronavirus outbreak during the emotional segment which began by acknowledhing the 'difficult times' the nation is going through. 

'There are many hard days ahead,' Cooper told viewers, Adding: 'It's especially important to try to hold on to the moments of joy, happiness, even as we mourn the loss of loved ones, we're also blessed with new life and new love.'  

Anderson Cooper has announced the birth of his son, a little boy named Wyatt Cooper

Anderson Cooper has announced the birth of his son, a little boy named Wyatt Cooper

Wyatt Cooper was born via surrogate on Monday and is three days old, the CNN anchor said

Wyatt Cooper was born via surrogate on Monday and is three days old, the CNN anchor said

'He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy,' Cooper continued

'He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy,' Cooper continued

Cooper said in the touching speech: 'I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. 

'He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.'

Cooper went on to explain during his on the Anderson Cooper 360 broadcast that his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt played a role in the naming of his child too. 

The actress, socialite, author, designer and artist died last June. 

'My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name Morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me,' Cooper shared.

In February, on what would have been his mother's 96th birthday, he shared images from his searching through boxes of photos and files.

He commented at the time that his mother 'kept every note, every letter she ever received'. He said that although it was sad going through the items, it also brought back 'many amazing memories'. 

'He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was,' Cooper said

'He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a

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