Quelle surprise! Anderson Cooper brought his under-the-radar boyfriend to Vanity Fair's Oscar party on Sunday night. You would never know it, though, if it weren't for an anonymous tipster.
Although the silver-haired CNN anchor has yet to publicly come out of the closet, it seems that he has been taking the first few steps of relationship recognition with Ben Maisani, the French-lipped barman/owner of Eastern Bloc.
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This would mark a big turning point for the glass closeted Cooper, who refuses to acknowledge the relationship or his sexual orientation publicly, but isn't afraid to bring him to one of Hollywood's most high-profile parties. Too bad the photographers are in on the conspiracy. From what we can tell, this is the back of Maisani's head and it seems the Coop is introducing him to Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld. The caption by WireImage—the agency that pays the magazine a massive sum each year for exclusive photos of party guests—only has three names and one ends in Cooper and the other two in Seinfeld. (According to our tipster, Maisani and Cooper were seated at a table with Mary Richardson Kennedy, Aaron Sorkin, Katherine Ross, Ron Howard, Tabitha Soren and Michael Lewis.) [Source: Gawker]
Anderson Cooper, you sneaky silver fox! When are you going to tell the world about your new family, adopted Haitian boy and all?