Anderson Cooper’s mother was willing to go that extra mile to become a grandmother.
During an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Cooper disclosed how his late mother Gloria Vanderbilt once offered to be his gestational surrogate at the age of 85.
The CNN anchor described his fashion designer mother, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 95, as “kind of nutty” and recounted how Vanderbilt had seen a gynecologist who told her she could still carry a child to term.
"She says to me, 'Honey, I'm not talking about having a child of my own. I mean, that's crazy,—I'm 85...I was thinking, you get an egg and fertilize it with a sperm, and I'll carry your child,’’ Cooper shared.
"I finally said to her, I was like, 'Mom, I love you, but even for you, that is just bats--- crazy. That is just nuts,'” the 54-year-old added. "That is so weirdly oedipal on a whole new level. That kid would be on the cover of The New York Post for the rest of its life."
Undeterred by her son’s resistance to the surrogacy idea, Vanderbilt later followed it up by proving her unconventional offer was quite possible.
“Then, fast-forward two years later, I get a thing in the mail that my mom has sent me … and it’s a newspaper clipping and it’s a photograph, the headline is, ‘Grandmother Bears Child for Son,’ and it’s some woman, I think in Italy, who was like 65 or something or 70,” Cooper explained. “And my mom has circled it and written in a note, ‘See!'”
A year after his mother’s passing, Cooper welcomed his son Wyatt via a surrogate in April 2020.
Cooper has said he wrote his new book, "Vanderbilt -The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty," as a letter to his son so he could understand his eclectic family better.