It’s more than Summer Love for Anderson Cooper! Spotted in June biking with NYC’s Eastern Bloc bar owner Benjamin Maisani, it appears the pair are still going strong. (Reader Rick says they began dating in December 2008.) Cooper, who once dated Real World‘s JD Ordonez, is spending part of the month in Jaipur, India, in a $3,200-a-night Rambagh Palace suite with Maisani. (Clearly, somebody there is leaking the info; Page Six reports, “Anderson’s room has a large round bathtub. On the first night it was filled with bubbles and sprinkled with red rose petals.”) All of this would actually be noteworth, were Cooper’s sexuality much of a secret.
It’s the embarrassingly obvious elephant in the room that’s become a bore. As Brian Moylan notes, Cooper just wants to be a newscaster — who navigates between reporting on gay rights and chimps — and not “the gay newscaster.” But by staying in the transparent closet, he continues making his sexuality a bigger issue than it has to be.
We’re not saying Cooper has to be an advocate for gay rights. But we like our newscasters up front and honest. Cute and sparkly eyes don’t hurt either. Cooper, meanwhile, has furnished a reputation of … let’s say, a fickle lover, flitting between romantic interests. But here he is, in a long-term relationship with a fellow attractive guy, and we want that shit PUT ON DISPLAY. Instead, we’ll get more gay-guy-straight-girl on-air flirting with Erica Hill.
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