Andy Cohen recently set the record straight with Today‘s Hoda Kotb about the reason he opted for surrogacy instead of adoption on his road to fatherhood — and it’s been a very long road for the Bravo host. He welcomed son Benjamin Allen Cohen earlier this month via surrogate.
“It was always in the back of my head, and I’d be at friends’ houses and they’d be tucking in their kids and I was like, ‘I need this in my life,’” Cohen told Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie of Today on Tuesday.
Cohen added, “I was getting to a point in my life where I was looking at where am I going and where am I headed and what do I want for the rest of my life?”
“I was fortunate to have the means to be able to. It can be expensive and complicated,” Cohen replied. “And I just said, ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to try to do this,’ and I did. It’s incredible to me as I’ve now learned that surrogacy is illegal in many states and I don’t understand why it’s illegal in New York and New Jersey, which is why I went to California. That’s where my wonderful surrogate was, who I owe so much to.”
Cohen also noted that it is still illegal for gay people to adopt in certain places.
He told Kotb she was an inspiration to him, having also become a parent at a later point in her life.
“You were a great help to me,” he told the co-anchor, “and inspiring to me as you and I talked about it, Hoda. I was also wondering, ‘Can I do this at this moment in my life?’ I’m 50, let’s be real here.”
Cohen attributed his two published autobiographies as a major turning point in his choice to have a child.
“Publishing two books that were diaries about my life really caused me to look at how I was living my life every day,” he said. “I published three years of my diaries. I was like, ‘Wow, I could keep putting the same book out every year or I could do something different. I don’t think this is all there is for me.’”
We are still smiling over Cohen’s recent Instagram post of him “digging” his new dad gear:
And check out his swaddling game — very impressive, Cohen:
Congrats to Cohen on his brand-new start — and brand-new baby. We’re definitely thinking a new kind of memoir is in Cohen’s future.
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