After Andy Cohen split from her ex-boyfriend, Clifton Dassuncao, in 2018, her life took a significant turn. The couple had been together for a long time and it took Cohen a while to adjust. He started thinking about what could make his life whole.
Cohen and Dassuncao confirmed their relationship in 2016 and seemed to be on the right track for a long time. Cohen even mentioned that he would like to get married. However, their relationship ended two years after their confirmation.
The couple, who had a 19-year age gap, kept their relationship private most of the time and even broke up quietly. Cohen only confirmed the breakup news in 2018 after being asked if he and Dassuncao were still dating.
Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Episode 18 137. August 10, 2021 | Source: Getty Images
Cohen appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” where he was asked if his relationship was over; Cohen replied
“Yes, I’m single again.”
Following his breakup with Dassuncao, Cohen decided he was going to be a father. It was something he had always wanted, and he said that in 2017 he lived his life to the fullest because he knew he wanted to settle down.
The breakup stirred many emotions in Cohen, and one thing that was clear to him was that he didn’t want to wait any longer to become a father. The “Watch What Happens Live!” the show host said he wasn’t afraid to do it alone.
Cohen confessed that as a gay man he believed he would not be able to have a family for much of his life. However, as he got older, he realized how many options he had when it came to welcoming a child into his life.
He shared that he decided the year he turned 50 that he wanted to become a father, and he wasted no time in pursuing that desire. Although he parted ways with Dassuncao, Cohen still moved on.
The star said he liked being alone, and it would take someone amazing to convince him they could do it together. He then said:
“And that person might be having coffee down the street right now, and I’ll meet him soon.”
COHEN SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE BEING A 50-YEAR-OLD DAD
After exploring all of her options, Cohen finally welcomed her first child after turning 50. In late 2018, Cohen announced on live television that he was to welcome a child via surrogate in early 2019.
As he wished viewers goodnight, saying “Happy Holidays,” he reminded them that he would see them on New Year’s Eve in Times Square on CNN as usual. This is where he chose to announce the sex of his baby.
Anderson Cooper and Cohen stood together in Times Square for the broadcast, and Cooper asked Cohen if he wanted to announce the gender of his baby, to which Cohen replied:
” It’s a boy ! And I have to tell you something; I can’t wait to meet this boy.
Andy and Benjamin Allen Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live @Home with Andy Cohen” Episode 17 160. October 7, 2020 | Source: Getty Images
Following the birth of her baby boy, Cohen shared all about the birth of her son. He revealed that he was in the delivery room with his surrogate and even cut the umbilical cord when the baby was born. After doctors examined the baby and cleaned him up, they brought him back to Cohen for skin-to-skin contact.
Cohen shared that her son, Benjamin Allen Cohen, was relatively alert for the first two hours of his life and was extremely calm. He also said that his surrogate was wonderful and he was eternally indebted to her for giving him the gift of life.
The star said raising his son was easy for him as Benjamin is a happy child and has many women around him who help and support him in raising his son. He then shared that he takes it day by day.
When talking about being a single dad later in life, he shared his feelings about trying to relax, saying:
“I also think having a kid later in life is really fun because you sweat, [but] I try to be as relaxed as possible.”
On maintaining a work/life balance, Cohen said he was in and out of his house all day because he worked a lot, but every time he got home , he could see his child, which he appreciated.
He also said he could spend time with his son at night as he only had to leave to film his show after his son went to bed. He bonds with his son whenever he gets the chance in between his busy schedule.
COHEN BECOMES DAD AGAIN AT 53 AND CELEBRATES MILESTONES
This year, at age 53, Cohen welcomed her second child. Cohen welcomed his daughter, Lucy, in early 2022 and revealed that Lucy and Benjamin are biological siblings and look alike.
When asked how he felt about having two children, Cohen said that although he was tired, he was happy and taking it all one day at a time. He also said he had to constantly remind Benjamin to be gentle with his little sister.
Cohen did not use the same surrogate for Lucy and Benjamin, but still described them as biological siblings as he is the biological father of both children. He also said he was thrilled to give Benjamin a brother.
Recently, Cohen celebrated the three-month milestone with her daughter. This milestone comes with many changes for the infant and family. At three months, babies become much more active.
At three months of age, babies typically start cooing with vowel sounds, only adding consonants later. They will also begin to grab, shake and throw objects while developing their dexterity.
Another exciting development around the three month mark is that a baby can better recognize his family. They will also follow you around the room with their eyes as you move around.
FANS DISCUSS COHEN’S PENTHOUSE, WHERE HE RAISES HIS BABIES
In early August 2022, Cohen bought himself and his children a pre-war duplex penthouse. The house is located in the West Village of Manhattan. The home includes 2000 square feet of outdoor space. The exposed beam ceilings are 10 feet high on the ground floor and 14 feet high on the top floor.
The penthouse has three bedrooms and four bathrooms. There is also a solarium, a panoramic terrace and a kitchen with patio doors opening onto the terrace. Although it is a sufficient space, reports indicate that it needs a lot of work.
The penthouse is located in the tallest building in the West Village and therefore offers breathtaking views of the city from every room in the house. The house also transitions seamlessly from indoor to outdoor spaces.
While Cohen has already bought the house, her fans have had a lot to say about her choice of residence. Many believe this is not the ideal home to raise young children.
Another Twitter user said they like Cohen’s old apartment better than the one he had just bought. Again another user agreed with that, but said he needed to get a bigger house as he now had two children.
Of all the fans criticizing Cohen over his choice of home for him and his family, some users were happy for him. Just a user said:
“Gorgeous! A lucky family, that’s for sure!”
We wish Cohen and his beautiful children many happy memories and great times together in their new home.