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CNN presenter Anderson Cooper announces he is gay

  • CNN presenter Anderson Cooper has publicly announced that he is gay.

    In an email published online, Cooper said he was proud of his sexuality and had decided to speak out as he did not want anyone to think he was ashamed.

    The son of socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, he said he had previously veered away from the topic for personal and professional reasons.

    CNN said it had no comment, adding there were no plans for Cooper to discuss the matter on air.

    He wrote in the email, published by Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast: "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.

    Cooper's sexual orientation had long been subject to rumors.