NY Daily News – Which closeted TV icon should be more careful about whom he dates? He has been squiring an infamous gay bartender around town, and everyone’s noticing
It’s Anderson Cooper! Source: BlindGossip.com
Well, The Silver Fox isn’t closeted anymore, so he doesn’t have to be careful anymore! The “infamous gay bartender” described by The Daily News in 2009 was Anderson’s boyfriend, Benjamin Masaini, who he met in 2009. Masaini is the owner/ head bartender of Eastern Bloc, a gay bar in New York City.
In other Anderson Cooper dating news, is there a hot new man in his life? Our friends at Queerty ran an item in late May about a realtor/actor that Anderson appeared to be dating. From Queerty:
Rumors are circulating around New York that newsman Anderson Cooper has a new beau: Our source says the silver fox has been squiring real-estate broker/aspiring actor Gavin Hammon around town—including a late-night dinner last Sunday followed by a trip back to Cooper’s converted fire station in the Greenwich Village. Supposedly Coop is still seeing Eastern Bloc owner Benjamin Masaini, but it’s not clear if Masaini knows about Hammon.
However, The National Enquirer (via The Daily Mail) is reporting that Cooper is actually ready to marry Masaini:
Anderson Cooper ‘planning to marry long-term live-in boyfriend… and it could be as soon as Labor Day’
Anderson Cooper is reportedly preparing to marry his long-term boyfriend – and the nuptials could take place as soon as Labor Day.
It comes just weeks after the CNN news anchor spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time, saying: ‘The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be more happy.’
Cooper, 45, is now planning to marry his boyfriend Ben Maisani, whom he has been dating since at least 2009, in New York City later this year, the National Enquirer reported.
‘He’d been considering breaking the news [about being gay] since same-sex marriage became legal in the state of New York last summer,’ a source told the Enquirer
‘It’s been about a year now and he wants to get married to Ben. They’re totally committed to one another.’
French-born Maisani, 39, lives with Cooper in his converted fire station townhouse and together they enjoy a low-key lifestyle – workouts at Chelsea’s David Barton Gym and dinners with friends, including Kelly Ripa, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
They showed off their affection for each other while dining in Morandi in New York’s West Village on Sunday. They enjoyed dinner with Bravo host Andy Cohen, who is also openly gay.
Only one week out of the closet and there’s already man drama!
Congratulations to Brit, who was first with the correct guess!