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Anderson Cooper 'knew something was different' aged seven

Anderson Cooper 'knew something was different' aged sevenCover Media

Anderson Cooper realised he was "different" when he was seven years old.

The CNN anchor knew "something was up" from a young age, and though he came out as gay to a few people while in high school, it was only once he'd been through college that he fully embraced his sexuality.

Speaking on Full Circle, Cooper said: “I mean, I was probably, I don’t know, seven, when I kind of realised — I’m not sure I knew the word ‘gay’ at the time, but I realised something was up. Something was different."

He went on: “I think I really, truly accepted it - and not just accepted it, but fully embraced it and you know, came around to really loving the fact that I was gay - would probably be right after college."

The presenter also admitted he had been worried about the "limitations" his sexuality would put on his life.

"It felt like there were a lot of limitations on it, and it wasn’t what I envisioned for my life. Or, I imagined a family and getting married. All those things which weren’t possible at the time," he mused.

Explaining: "at a certain point, I think about a year out of college, I thought, I don’t want to waste any more time worrying about this and sort of wishing I was some other way,” Cooper - who has a nine-month-old son, Wyatt - then reflected that he feels "very blessed" to be gay.

"I wanna embrace who I am, and as I’ve said before, I think being gay is one of the great blessings of my life," he shared.


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