Anderson Cooper says he realized he was gay after meeting shirtless Richard Gere behind the scenes in a Broadway play.


Lined up with Anderson Cooper in a purple shirt and black jacket and Richard Gere in a black tie and bowtie.

Anderson Cooper will be attending the CNN Heroes: All-Star Review in New York City on December 12, 2021. Richard Gere will attend the Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.Dominique Bindl / Getty Images; Fraser Harrison / Getty Images

  • Anderson Cooper opened on Friday the moment he realized he was gay on “Radio Andy.”

  • Cooper said he came to a conclusion after seeing Richard Gere in the 1979 Broadway play “Bent.”

  • Cooper met the shirtless gear behind the scenes after the show and said, “I couldn’t speak.”

Anderson Cooper said on Friday “Andico Enlive Pride Special “ About “Radio Andy” of Sirius XM.

CNN host Sit with Cohen And actor John Hill The iconic Stonewall Inn In New York City. people Cooper Broadway play “Bent” In the late 1970s, he became friends with Cooper’s mother, along with photographers Paul Jasmin and Jasmine’s boyfriend. Gloria Vanderbilt, a fashion designer and social celebrity.

Richard Gere starred in a play about the persecution of homosexuality in Nazi Germany.

“And this was Richard Gere in 1977.’Looking for Mr. Goodbar’. He was very beautiful. And I was there. My mother didn’t go. It was me and my mother. There were only two gay friends, “he said.

Cooper called the opening scene, where a man was completely naked out of bed and wearing a uniform, “the most gay thing you can imagine.”

“And I just remember it was like,’Oh, my god, I’m gay …. I’m completely gay,'” he said.

After the play was over, Cooper said Jasmine took him behind the scenes and met Gear with whom he worked in the movie “American Gigolo.” Cooper shared that when Cooper first met him, Gair was shirtless in his dressing room.

“I couldn’t speak. I had Playbill and wanted him to sign it, but I couldn’t stop staring at his chest,” Cooper said. Told Cohen.

When Cooper later interviewed Richard Gere and asked him to sign the original Playbill, the moment went around completely. He said Gere was “very tickled” by the story.

Cooper and Gere representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Anderson Cooper, Andy Cooper and John Hill laughing at the table in a white and rainbow tablecloth with a microphone

Anderson Cooper, Andikoen, and John Hill recorded a live broadcast of “Anderson Cooper Live” at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 24, 2022.Sirius XM Cindiode / Getty Images

Cooper also shared more about how he met his mother. He said he didn’t say he was gay until he graduated from college, and she said she was “cool about it” but not to make a “clear decision.”Cooper Came out publicly In 2012.

and Entertainment Weekly Jescagle and People 2016 InterviewVanderbild shared with Cooper that she had a “simple so-called lesbian relationship” when she was 13. Vanderbilt also had her understanding of the LGBTQ issue in the 1932 custody dispute between Vanderbilt’s parents.

“Of course, I think almost everyone experienced it all at once. The problem is that we now realize that it doesn’t make a difference,” Vanderbild told People and EW at the time. “Love is love.”

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