It's all over for the gay couple, Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani. The CNN host, 50, and the NYC nightclub mogul, 45, have broken up after nine years of dating, multiple sources have confirmed.
Anderson came forward to announce his split from boyfriend on Thursday, March 15. In a statement to the Daily Mail, Anderson said,
Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago. 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.
Gay Journalist Anderson Cooper Splits From Boyfriend Benjamin Maisani: Details
Cooper made his comments Weeks after Anderson appeared with Dallas radiologist Victor Lopez in some of the photos posted on the latter man's Instagram.
The gay couple has have not commented yet.
Anderson and Benjamin, who were first linked in 2009, attended a benefit for the Windward School in New York City on Saturday, March 10. They were later caught together at their home in the Big Apple’s Greenwich Village.
Anderson and Benjamin were last pictured together earlier this week as they left their Manhattan home.
Anderson came out as gay in July 2012 as he allowed his friend Andrew Sullivan to publish an email that read,
It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.
The Anderson Cooper 360° host said at the time,
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.