ANDERSON COOPER HAITI BABY

Published on: February 4, 2010
ANDERSON COOPER HAITI BABY

Hard-charging CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper was so moved by the suffering from the earthquake in Haiti, he's decided to adopt a Haitian orphan, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.

The silver-haired journalist and his hunky boyfriend, Ben Maisani, plan to raise the child together in their recently purchased home, a former firehouse they're renovating in New York's West Village, pals say.

"The death and destruction in Haiti made Anderson realize what's really important. He and Ben have decided to become dads," a longtime friend told The ENQUIRER.

"Ben has been the best thing that's ever happened to Anderson. They both feel they're ready for a baby."

Anderson, 42, flew to the devastated country shortly after the quake struck on Jan. 12.

Meanwhile, back in New York, 37-year-old club owner Ben has been overseeing renovations on the historic firehouse Anderson recently bought, the friend said.

And Anderson has been so affected by the devastation in Haiti that he's begun arrangements to adopt one of the country's orphans.

Although fatherhood may curtail some of Anderson's globe-trotting, he's not planning to give up his work anytime soon.

"It just means once they get their son, he won't jump on a plane for every story," said the friend.

"Plus Ben is totally capable of keeping things under control when Anderson is away."

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