Andersoon Cooper’s Boyfriend CAUGHT Kissing Another Man

Whoa! WTF Is Going On Here, Ben?

Now that the world has pretty much settled down on the Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson with a married man scandal, it’s time to turn our attentions to a new cheating scandal … this time involving Anderson Cooper. As you may recall, Anderson recently came out publicly as gay but he’s been in a fairly private, seemingly longterm romantic relationship with his live-in boyfriend Benjamin Maisani for about 3 years. New photos of Maisani passionately kissing a man have hit the Internets … and the man he is kissing is NOT Anderson Cooper. Yikes!

Anderson Cooper’s next set of tough questions could be reserved for his long-term boyfriend Ben Maisani after pictures of him surfaced kissing another man. Maisani, 39, was spotted in a close embrace with a dark-haired, muscle-bound man in a New York park. The images may come as a surprise to the CNN news anchor after it was reported last month that he wanted to marry his partner as soon as Labor Day. The wedding rumor came several weeks after Cooper, 45, spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time, saying: ”The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be more happy.’
There was no hint of upset from Cooper last night who looked typically sharp in a navy suit as he joined other A-listers in New York to watch Beyonce perform at the UN headquarters for World Humanitarian Day. It is believed that Cooper has been dating Maisani, who owns gay bar Eastern Bloc in Manhattan’s East Village for around three years. The couple live together at Cooper’s converted fire station townhouse and enjoy a low-key lifestyle, working out and going to dinner with friends including Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. They were encouraged to marry last year by Anderson’s mother, designer Gloria Vanderbilt. She reportedly helped the pair patch up their relationship after they struggled with conflicting work schedules.


Wow. There is no doubt what is going on in these photos … this is some serious PDA, y’all. BUT, I suppose there are a couple of possible explanations other than outright cheating. It’s possible that Anderson and Ben have an open relationship. As sad as I personally think it is, many gay couples have open relationships with varying rules about how each person in the couple can interact (sexually or otherwise) with other people. It’s not a relationship that I would ever want to be involved in but it works for some couples. It’s also possible that Ben and this mystery guy are acting for a stage play or something like that. I mean, it’s in the realm of possibility that bar owner Ben might want to break into acting. BUT, if these photos are of the caught cheating sort, then Ben has a lot of explaining to do to Anderson. While I never believed the wedding rumors (ie. that Anderson and Ben were planning to get married by Labor Day), I do believe that the men have been in a serious longterm relationship and if they do not have an open relationship, this might destroy their 3 year coupling. Ugh. Poor Anderson :(

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  1. Janaegal

    My heart breaks for him. It’s one thing to deal with a cheating partner, but to face it so publicly? It’s devastating AND humiliating!

  2. Ugh, what a jerk! When will people learn? First, just don’t cheat. Second, if you are a celebrity or involved with a celebrity for the love of god don’t cheat in public.

  3. Ben@pr

    If they are not in an open relationship this jerk just wanted to get caught. I mean, I know that in NYC celebrities are less exposed to paparazzi compared to LA but if you are the boyfriend of Anderson Cooper you know you’ve been followed by the paparazzi before.

  4. Ardilla

    Never understood open relationships. If you want to go out and kiss/sleep with other people while in a relationship, then just stay single.

  5. Nathan

    I really hope he’s not cheating. At the very least, I hope that they’ve broken up or are apart. If this is him cheating, it makes me incredibly sad!!

  6. First, cheating is never okay. Second, why are some people stupid enough to cheat out in the open?

    Third, maybe – just maybe – Anderson and his boyfriend are in an open relationship? It’s none of my business, but it’s the best case scenario I can think of. Otherwise: mega-ouch.

  7. I hope this isn’t what it looks like. This is probably one of the reasons so many famous gay men stay in the closet because they don’t want their private lives splashed across the headlines.

    • @Jason Roach — “This is probably one of the reasons so many famous gay men stay in the closet because they don%u2019t want their private lives splashed across the headlines.”

      Actually, so many gay men stay in the closet because they risk career suicide from an industry that still does not fully accept homosexuality. The matter of having private lives splashed across headlines happens to celebrities who are straight and gay.

    • I read an interview a few years ago – I think it was with Rupert Everett – and he was saying that there’s a bias against gay men in Hollywood. Oh, sure, a straight guy can play a gay guy in a movie, but a gay guy playing a straight guy? Nobody’s going to by that!

      (And this is where I give a nod to Neil Patrick Harris, because every time I see him on “How I Met Your Mother,” I think, “Ugh. Oh, Barney. Such a womanizer.”)

    • Yes of course. I just meant that Anderson isn’t an actor so he doesn’t have to worry about “playing straight” or that nonsense. But as a journalist he doesn’t like to be the headline himself. I should have been more clear on what I meant.

  8. And Kristen Stewart breathes a sigh of relief…

    Seriously though if you are going to cheat and know it, just go ahead and break up with the person. It would cause way less hurt and drama. I just don’t understand people.

  9. miguel

    WHOA. Sucks to be Cooper. Looks like his man is really into this other guy.

  10. Mauimermaid

    Many gay and straight couples have open relationships and I think your comment supports the distorted view that people in gay relationships are less commiteed/faithful than in straight. Why did you feel the need to say that???? You could have said, ” As sad as I personally think it is, many couples have open relationships….”

    • @Mauimermaid — Because gay couples aren’t allowed to be married in this country like straight couples are, it’s been my personal experience that some do not take their longterm relationships as seriously. Hence, there are more gay couples with open relationships than straight couples. The fact remains that many gay couples, esp gay male couples, are less committed/faithful because they live in a society that tells them that their relationships are less important. Gays cannot be legally married in all parts of this country. True, there are married straight couples that have open relationships but because married straights have legal grounds for divorce when someone cheats (whether it be an agreed “open relationship” or not) it’s not necessarily as common. In my experience, among the couples that I know, none of my straight couple friends are in open relationships while many of my gay couple friends are.

    • Mauimermaid

      I think your experience is limited Trent. It’s not a “fact” at all that male gay couples are less committed than any other couples, hence your conclusions are flawed. I appreciate your view that gay couples are less faithful but it is your view and your experience and you should be very careful about calling things “fact” because they suit your point of view or because it is a generally held belief.

    • @Mauimermaid — You are absolutely correct, I was completely wrong to use the word “fact”. But I never said that “all male gay couples” are less committed. The reason I made mention of it at all is because based on my experience with friends in LA and NYC, I know gay couples with open relationships and no straight couples with open relationships. My point, overall, was that it’s possible that Anderson and Ben have an open relationship not that they do necessarily.

    • Kai

      If a couple are committed and love each other ,and sometmes have a family together, why would they sleep with other people outside the relationship? why be together In the first place. To say it is because they dont have the same rights under the law. Is just a poor excuse`. The committment and love, is to each other, not the laws. And if it is so that for gay couple it is totally normal and accepted to have open relationship. Then I think it hurts gay people to get equality under the law. Many straight people will say, their love is note the same as ours, their commitment is not as strong or real as ours etc.

      Anderson has never admitted that this is his bf, what if a high profile gay/lesbian relationship. who are open that they are together will come out in media. Then I think many of their fans/ people who respect them. It will affect how people look at gay relationships in general, their career may be negatively affected, how people see their right to equality.

      It is common for gay and straight people on LTR to sometimes want to have sex with others, but because you are committed, love and respect the other person, you choose not to act on it. You don`t want to hurt the person you choose to share your life with.
      I think open relationships are bullshitt.

      @Trent
      Is it your experience that it is more common withn open gay relationship tha monogamous relationship. It is not that her,

    • Desi

      Personally open relationships aren’t my thing but has no one here never listened to Dan Savage’s podcast? He talks about being monoga-mish. When a couple decides its ok to have sex outside the relationship. They agree on the rules and how to handle it. Some think it’s unrealistic to expect people (ESP men, but women too) to be sexually satisfied for life with one person. I think it is closed minded to view such a relationship as ‘less than.’ it’s all about agreeing to the rules u set for a relationship .. An open one can b just as strong as a monogamous.

    • Just because you are in an “open” relationship, doesn’t mean you are in any LESS of a relationship. A relationship essentially is a set of rules that 2 people agree to…If anything, there is more pressure in a monogamous relationship to conform to rules one person agreed to for a wide variety of reasons. A drunken make out or hell even a sober one, doesn’t mean you love that person any less. Well said Desi!!!

    • Kai

      I’ve heard Dan Savage’s podcast, and I disagree with him on many things, including this. As far as I know he is not educated in sexology or are a relation expert. I know you disagree but I think open relationships are not okay. And I look at them so “less than” (sorry, but that is only my opion). And I think that when you choose to be the same person throughout life, it is one of the joys and challenges to get the relationship to last, is to get it to work In good and bad times together. I’m sorry but I do not understand why people are together if they are not sexually together only with the person they claim they love. People do what they want but I don`t have to respect it, but I accept it. Still I think it is damaging to a relationship

    • @Kai — “If a couple are committed and love each other ,and sometmes have a family together, why would they sleep with other people outside the relationship? ”

      FOR ME, I wonder the same thing … I could never be in an open relationship. BUT, that does not and should not invalidate other couples who choose to be open.

  11. David

    I always thought Ben Maisani was ugly. Now that Anderson is out and proud, every gay men in the world would die to be with him.

  12. Sarah

    Sometimes….I disagree with the content shared on this website! I know that it’s non-discriminatory, etc, people obviously care….but these aren’t silly, flighty, destructive teenage or 20-something Hollywood folks who strut their personal lives around like they don’t matter, these are adults dealing with a potentially devastating situation….just venting a little, but this seems so hurtful to be blasting all over the internet without sources or a confirmation.

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