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For those still reeling from the news that Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are expecting a child together, there's more news on the celebrity baby front: Anderson Cooper has welcomed a baby boy into the world.

While addressing the camera at the end of a CNN Town Hall, Cooper made the official announcement that he had become a father earlier this week.

"On Monday, I became a father. I've never actually said that before out loud, and it still kind of astonishes me. I am a dad," he said. "I have a son and I want you to meet him."

He then showed a photograph of his son, Wyatt Cooper, who is named after the journalist's late father. His middle name, Morgan, comes from a family name on his mother's side. Cooper says he knows his parents liked the name because he recently went through the belongings of his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, and discovered it on a list of baby names they had compiled just before he was born 52 years ago.

"As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I'm so grateful for all those who paved the way, and the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth," he said during the broadcast. "Most of all, I am eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate, who carried Wyatt, watched over him lovingly, tenderly, and gave birth to him. It's an extraordinary what she and all surrogates give to families who can't have children."

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Congratulations poured in for Cooper on social media, from his good friend and fellow television host Andy Cohen, who recently had a child of his own via surrogate, Sharon Stone, Hoda Kotb, and Wanda Sykes.

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Welcome Wyatt Morgan Cooper Repost from @andersoncooper • 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. 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. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing - what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.

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"I do wish my mom, my dad, and my brother Carter were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe that they can see him," he said in an Instagram post where he shared photos of his son.

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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. 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. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing - what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.

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