CNN anchor Anderson Cooper announced he is gay on Monday.
“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,” Anderson, 45, wrote Monday in an open letter to his longtime friend Andrew Sullivan.
Anderson has always been very private about his personal life.
“I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space,” he wrote. “But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.”
Cooper’s show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” received an award this year from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
“Even prior to coming out publicly, Anderson’s terrific work has raised awareness of inequalities facing LGBT people,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “He’s a role model to millions and now will inspire countless others.”