Andy Cohen has revealed that he never thought he would have a child. The 50-year-old, who welcomed his first child Benjamin Allen via surrogate earlier this month, told People, “I always knew that I wanted a family. But as a gay man, I never thought it was in the cards for me.”
He continued, “When I came out to my parents in 1988, my mom said she had to mourn the life that I wasn’t going to be able to have. And that life meant getting married and having kids … So all these years later, gay men are raising families and getting married. There were points where I thought that it was too late for me or that I was really focused on my career, and I was having too much fun to think about it. It was still there nagging at me in the back of my head.”
Andy finally made the decision to go through with surrogacy in 2017 and the embryo was implanted in his “wonderful surrogate” a week before he turned 50.
Andy also wouldn't reveal if he chose to have a boy. He told the magazine, “All I will say is that I would have been happy with a boy or a girl. I just wanted to have a healthy baby.”
Although Cohen is a single dad, he's hoping that his best friends like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Ripa will be around to help. He explained, “I want Benny to be surrounded by as many women as possible. Women have played such a key role in my life. My most important relationship has probably been with my mom. He will be surrounded by women.” He added, “He needs it. We all need it.”