RUMOR MILL

Did Anderson Cooper Come Out To Stop From Being Outed By His Ex-Boyfriend?

One of our New York spies sent us a tantalizing tip about everyone’s favorite silver fox, Anderson Cooper. The DILFy newscaster has opened up about his sexuality, but it seems he might be a little on the D.L. about his dating life.

Some have claimed Cooper came out to boost ratings for his CNN show and daily chat fest, but our mole says it was more personal than that: He made his admission to put the kibosh on a tell-all article from a scorned lover. “The article is supposed to come out in the next few months when Anderson comes back on the air,” our source says.

Is this alleged ex nightclub owner Benjamin Maisani (with Cooper, above), who’s been spotted with the Coop by, like, every single homo in the Tri-State area?

We can’t say.

But there are those pesky rumors that Cooper has been squiring around aspiring actor Gavin Hammon, who coincidentally posted photos of Botswana’s Zarafa Camp (below)—the same resort Cooper visited recently.  Was Hammon there with Cooper or just envious?

Here’s more from our spy:

[Maisani] was also very upset when Anderson came out because Gavin posted similar wording to what Anderson said, on the same day around the same time period.

Anderson wrote “I love and I am loved.” Gavin posted, “you know you are loved when you get this picture,” about a photo a friend had sent.

Of course we’re not casting aspersions on anyone here: Whether Maisani and Cooper are together, broken up or don’t even know each other, it’s all good. And if Cooper doesn’t want to broadcast his romantic life that’s cool, too.

But celebrity dish is celebrity dish, gay or straight. If we’re gonna talk about Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Brangelina, then AC is fair game too.