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Andy Cohen welcomes first child, son Benjamin Allen Cohen: 'I'm eternally grateful' – Daily Mail

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Andy Cohen welcomes first child, son Benjamin Allen Cohen: ‘I’m eternally grateful to an incredible surrogate’

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Andy Cohen welcomed his first child on Monday night, Bejamin Allen Cohen, which he revealed on Instagram.

‘WOW! This is my son, Benjamin Allen Cohen,’ Cohen said. He is 9 lbs 2 ounces !! 20 inches !! Born at 6:35 pm, PT.’

‘He is named after my grandfather Ben Allen. I’m in love. And speechless. And eternally grateful to an incredible surrogate. And I’m a dad. Wow.’

'Eternally grateful': Andy Cohen welcomed his first child on Monday night, Bejamin Allen Cohen, which he revealed on Instagram

‘Eternally grateful’: Andy Cohen welcomed his first child on Monday night, Bejamin Allen Cohen, which he revealed on Instagram

Cohen first announced he was set to be a father during a December episode of his Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live.

‘Tonight, I want you to be the first to know that after many years of careful deliberation, a fair amount of prayers and the benefit of science — if all goes according to plan in about six weeks time I’m going to become a father,’ Cohen said.

Just days after the initial announcement, Cohen told his longtime friend Anderson Cooper that he would be having a boy.

Baby shower: Just a few weeks earlier, Cohen held a raucous baby shower which was attended by most of the stars of the Real Housewives franchise, along with John Mayer, Jerry O'Connell and other celebs

Baby shower: Just a few weeks earlier, Cohen held a raucous baby shower which was attended by most of the stars of the Real Housewives franchise, along with John Mayer, Jerry O'Connell and other celebs

Baby shower: Just a few weeks earlier, Cohen held a raucous baby shower which was attended by most of the stars of the Real Housewives franchise, along with John Mayer, Jerry O’Connell and other celebs

‘It’s a boy and I got to tell you something, I cannot wait to meet this boy, Cohen said on New Year’s Eve.

‘When I was growing up and when we were growing up … I just never thought it would be possible, as a gay man, to grow up and have a family,’ he continued.

He also added that he was very thankful to the ‘wonderful surrogate’ that he was working with, and that at the age of 50, he’s ready to be a father. 

Thankful dad: He also added that he was very thankful to the 'wonderful surrogate' that he was working with, and that at the age of 50, he's ready to be a father

Thankful dad: He also added that he was very thankful to the 'wonderful surrogate' that he was working with, and that at the age of 50, he's ready to be a father

Thankful dad: He also added that he was very thankful to the ‘wonderful surrogate’ that he was working with, and that at the age of 50, he’s ready to be a father

Cohen held a pair of baby showers, the first in Beverly Hills, attended by Real Housewives franchise stars plus John Mayer and Jerry O’Connell.

The second was held in New York, where he was joined by celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Ripa.

‘I had a heart-boner for days after this crew threw me an equally epic affair on the East Coast,’ he said on Instagram of the East Coast soiree.

Baby shower: Cohen held a pair of baby showers, the first in Beverly Hills, attended by Real Housewives franchise stars plus John Mayer and Jerry O'Connell

Baby shower: Cohen held a pair of baby showers, the first in Beverly Hills, attended by Real Housewives franchise stars plus John Mayer and Jerry O'Connell

Baby shower: Cohen held a pair of baby showers, the first in Beverly Hills, attended by Real Housewives franchise stars plus John Mayer and Jerry O’Connell

Cohen has been single since his March 2018 split from Clifton Dassuncao, who he had been dating since April 2016.

He opened up in an interview with Entertainment Tonight where he spoke about what qualities he looked for in a man. 

‘Someone who’s very independent, someone who has their own thing going on. Maybe someone who’s never seen The Real Housewives,’ Cohen said, joking he wanted a Jewish version of John F. Kennedy Jr., who he jokingly dubbed, ‘Jew-FK, Jr.’

Single: Cohen has been single since his March 2018 split from Clifton Dassuncao, who he had been dating since April 2016

Single: Cohen has been single since his March 2018 split from Clifton Dassuncao, who he had been dating since April 2016

Single: Cohen has been single since his March 2018 split from Clifton Dassuncao, who he had been dating since April 2016

Shortly after Cohen revealed the first image of his baby boy Benjamin, he was showered with congratulations from several of his celebrity friends.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Bethenny Frankel exclaimed, ‘WOW XO Congragulations,’ while The View host Ana Navarro added, ‘And Anderson is an uncle! I’m going to cry.’

Actress Sarah Paulson commented, ‘Sending you all the love in the world. That’s one lucky baby,’ while supermodel Naomi Campbell said, ‘Congratulations @bravoandy You are going to be an amazing daddy to your bundle of joy Benjamin.’

Congrats: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Bethenny Frankel exclaimed, 'WOW XO Congragulations,' while The View host Ana Navarro added, 'And Anderson is an uncle! I'm going to cry'

Congrats: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Bethenny Frankel exclaimed, 'WOW XO Congragulations,' while The View host Ana Navarro added, 'And Anderson is an uncle! I'm going to cry'

Congrats: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Bethenny Frankel exclaimed, ‘WOW XO Congragulations,’ while The View host Ana Navarro added, ‘And Anderson is an uncle! I’m going to cry’

Sending love: Actress Sarah Paulson commented, 'Sending you all the love in the world. That's one lucky baby,' while supermodel Naomi Campbell said, 'Congratulations @bravoandy You are going to be an amazing daddy to your bundle of joy Benjamin'

Sending love: Actress Sarah Paulson commented, 'Sending you all the love in the world. That's one lucky baby,' while supermodel Naomi Campbell said, 'Congratulations @bravoandy You are going to be an amazing daddy to your bundle of joy Benjamin'

Sending love: Actress Sarah Paulson commented, ‘Sending you all the love in the world. That’s one lucky baby,’ while supermodel Naomi Campbell said, ‘Congratulations @bravoandy You are going to be an amazing daddy to your bundle of joy Benjamin’

A number of the Real Housewives stars chimed in, with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna saying, ‘Welcome to the world baby Benjamin!!!!’ while Orange County’s Tamra Judge said, ‘Omg I’m in tears congrats big daddy.’

Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer added, ‘Daddy!! So happy for you,’ while actress Jenna Fisher said, ‘Congrats!!! You will never be the same! In the best way imaginable.’

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards said, ‘I cannot stop crying,’ while Ricki Lake said ‘Mazel Tov Papa!’ and Bridget Everett said, ‘Ah, Andy! You look blissed out. Very happy for you.’

Sending their best: Karlie Kloss, Busy Phillips and Rebecca Romijn also sent their love to Cohen, along with Billy Eichner, Laverne Cox,  Gabrielle Union and Anna Faris.

Sending love: A number of the Real Housewives stars chimed in, with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna saying, 'Welcome to the world baby Benjamin!!!!' while Orange County's Tamra Judge said, 'Omg I'm in tears congrats big daddy'

Sending love: A number of the Real Housewives stars chimed in, with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna saying, 'Welcome to the world baby Benjamin!!!!' while Orange County's Tamra Judge said, 'Omg I'm in tears congrats big daddy'

Sending love: A number of the Real Housewives stars chimed in, with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna saying, ‘Welcome to the world baby Benjamin!!!!’ while Orange County’s Tamra Judge said, ‘Omg I’m in tears congrats big daddy’

More congrats: Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer added, 'Daddy!! So happy for you,' while actress Jenna Fisher said, 'Congrats!!! You will never be the same! In the best way imaginable'

More congrats: Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer added, 'Daddy!! So happy for you,' while actress Jenna Fisher said, 'Congrats!!! You will never be the same! In the best way imaginable'

More congrats: Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer added, ‘Daddy!! So happy for you,’ while actress Jenna Fisher said, ‘Congrats!!! You will never be the same! In the best way imaginable’

Much love: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards said, 'I cannot stop crying,' while Ricki Lake said 'Mazel Tov Papa!' and Bridget Everett said, 'Ah, Andy! You look blissed out. Very happy for you'

Much love: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards said, 'I cannot stop crying,' while Ricki Lake said 'Mazel Tov Papa!' and Bridget Everett said, 'Ah, Andy! You look blissed out. Very happy for you'

Much love: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards said, ‘I cannot stop crying,’ while Ricki Lake said ‘Mazel Tov Papa!’ and Bridget Everett said, ‘Ah, Andy! You look blissed out. Very happy for you’

Sending their best: Karlie Kloss, Busy Phillips and Rebecca Romijn also sent their love to Cohen

Sending their best: Karlie Kloss, Busy Phillips and Rebecca Romijn also sent their love to Cohen

Sending their best: Karlie Kloss, Busy Phillips and Rebecca Romijn also sent their love to Cohen

Mazel: Billy Eichner also sent his best thoughts along with the Bravo TV Instagram 

Mazel: Billy Eichner also sent his best thoughts along with the Bravo TV Instagram 

Mazel: Billy Eichner also sent his best thoughts along with the Bravo TV Instagram 

Love fest: Billy Eichner, Laverne Cox, Gabrielle Union and Anna Faris also sent their best

Love fest: Billy Eichner, Laverne Cox, Gabrielle Union and Anna Faris also sent their best

Love fest: Billy Eichner, Laverne Cox, Gabrielle Union and Anna Faris also sent their best

Love fest: Billy Eichner, Laverne Cox, Gabrielle Union and Anna Faris also sent their best

Love fest: Billy Eichner, Laverne Cox, Gabrielle Union and Anna Faris also sent their best

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