His type may be tall, dark and handsome, but Anderson Cooper has also dabbled with dating ladies, albeit, when he was 12.
The CNN journalist, who publicly came out as gay last year, opens up about when he used to date girls on Monday night’s ‘Anderson Live,’ revealing he only did it so he could ‘meet their brothers.’
‘There was a lot of sharing and talking and asking how I am,’ he says of the experience, while flanked by a panel of women.
In the episode, the talk show’s executive producer Terence Noonan teases Cooper: ‘How do you know anything about what women are doing?’
To which Cooper responds: ‘Well let me tell you because unlike you sweetie, I have had a little bit more experience in other areas other than with guys.’
Noonan emphasizes the ‘little,’ before the reporter reveals his take on how women act in relationships.
‘That’s true, very little experience. I don’t have much experience but the few times I would go on a date with a girl, when I was 12, I found there was a lot of sharing and talking and asking how I am,’ he explains.
‘But even like most of my best friends right now are girls who allegedly dated me when we were 13 or 14 who I didn’t really know we were dating but they thought we were dating and I was hoping to meet their brothers and they are my best friends still but I find they share a lot.
‘You send them one text and I get 20 texts back.’
As a piece of advice to his female viewers, he added: ‘Guys don’t want a million texts, it’s exhausting.’
Later on the show, Cooper chats to Glee star Chris Colfer about his experience of high school and when he realized he was gay.
‘What were you like in high school? Did you know you were gay?’ Cooper asks.
‘I knew. I was aware. Very different,’ he says. ‘I was very eccentric and very frustrated that no one got why I was eccentric and so passionate about things.’
When asked if he misses the school corridors, Colfer’s feelings are mixed.
‘I miss the lunch ladies, they were my girls. I miss them and I miss teachers but I don’t miss being in the trenches every day, which is what I call the hallways,’ he says.
‘(High school) is a hard time. I know it’s crazy. No matter how much you try to deny it to yourself you do kind of care what everyone is thinking about you and saying about you.’
Cooper, who publicly opened up about being gay for the first time in an interview with The Daily Beast, was voted Out Magazine’s gay ‘Man of the Year’ for 2012 last week.
In interview, he explained: ‘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.’
Ashton Tyler | Elite.
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