Anderson Cooper Confirms Split From Boyfriend Ben Maisani

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The CNN anchor and his boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani, have called it quits after nine years together, Us Weekly confirms.

The 50-year-old newsman released a statement to ET on Thursday, announcing that he and live-in boyfriend Benjamin Maisani had broken up after first going public with their relationship in 2015. "We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together", he said.

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According to the Daily Mail, some of those trips in recent months took him to Dallas, where the journalist and son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt has been spending time with a doctor named Victor Lopez.

Meanwhile, Cooper did not say exactly why he and Maisani split.

Spies everywhere! got the scoop that the men are still living together as they report seeing both Both Cooper and Maisani leaving their home on Tuesday.

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Maisani owns NYC gay bars Atlas Social Club and Club Cumming (formerly Eastern Bloc). Lopez has reportedly shared a series of photos with the TV host on his Instagram account, which is now private. In 2017, he told PEOPLE, "I'm definitely a workaholic". "He's pretty understanding that the job requires travel, and he's cool with that", he said. "Like most people, I never really thought about it, and I never wanted to be a celebrity".

"During the week I'm on CNN, and also work for "60 Minutes" - most of the weekends are traveling for CNN or '60 minutes, '" he continued.

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