KEY POINTS

  • Anderson Cooper finds it "weird" to still be living with his ex-boyfriend but says their arrangement "works"
  • Cooper praised ex-partner Benjamin Maisani for being a "great parent" to their son
  • The CNN anchor said he doesn't plan to get back together with Maisani

Anderson Cooper got candid about living together with ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani after their split and co-parenting their child.

During his recent appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the CNN anchor opened up about his and Maisani's unconventional parenting situation while raising 9-month-old son Wyatt Morgan. Cooper shared that while living together with an ex-partner seems strange, it's an arrangement that works for them.

"We actually still live in the same house because we get along really well," he told host Ellen DeGeneres. "It's weird, but it works out."

Cooper admitted that Maisani had not been as sure as he was about having a child, but Wyatt's arrival turned his ex-boyfriend into a "big softy." The "Anderson Cooper 360" host also had nothing but praise for Maisani as a parent.

"It was interesting, because he wasn't sure he wanted to have a kid, which is one of the reasons we probably broke up. He came around on the idea, and now, he's just such a great parent," he told DeGeneres.

But though Cooper has no issue co-parenting with Maisani, he answered with a firm, "No," when asked about a potential reconciliation in the future.  

Multiple sources said in April 2020 that Cooper and Maisani were back together after welcoming Wyatt via surrogate. They reportedly reconciled before Cooper made the baby announcement.

"Anderson has reconciled with Ben," an unnamed source told Us Weekly. "They very quietly got back together and are planning ahead. Ben is selling one of his clubs and cutting back on how much he does at night so he can spend more time at home with Anderson and the baby."

Cooper announced his split from Maisani in 2018, admitting that they had been separated for months before he revealed the breakup. But he said at the time that they still consider each other family.

"We are still family to each other, and love each other very much. We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together," he said.

While Cooper believes he won't ever get back together with his ex, he wasn't as sure when it comes to having another child. He said he is open to it because he thinks it will be beneficial for Wyatt.

"I don't know. There's nothing in the works," Cooper said when asked about Wyatt having a sibling. "Yes, I would love to -- I think it would be great for him to have a sibling. I'm not sure I can handle another, but he's really such an easy kid."

1. Anderson Cooper Anderson Cooper is a busy man, thanks to his positions as anchor of “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN, host of the daytime talk show “Anderson,” and contributor to “60 Minutes.” He also lent his voice to Broadway recently, providing the narration for Daniel Radcliffe’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” If Cooper’s schedule allows (and he doesn’t sleep, ever), “Live! with Anderson & Kelly” might be a winner. Photo: REUTERS