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Andy Cohen debuts baby Benjamin Allen on People Mag, check out this baby’s hair

There was a lot of initial interest in Andy Cohen’s impending fatherhood when he first announced he was expecting a child via surrogacy. Andy is a single man, a gay man who hasn’t been in a serious relationship for a few years. He’s 50 years old and this is his first child. So, there was interest. Then he welcomed baby Benjamin Allen Cohen and it did seem like people had already lost interest? But maybe that’s because we hadn’t seen this baby’s full head of hair!! LOOK AT BENJAMIN. That hair, my goodness. I would be interested in knowing what the surrogate looked like because I don’t think Benjamin looks much like Andy. Andy spoke to Jess Cagle extensively about the surrogacy process and fatherhood:


“I was in the delivery room. I had been hoping that he would have a full head of hair, and he really overdelivered,” jokes Andy Cohen, 50. “That was the first thing you see, the head of hair coming out. And I was amazed.”

After Cohen “cut the umbilical cord” himself, doctors cleaned Benjamin off and brought him over to the new dad, who then went skin-to-skin with his newborn for the first time. “He was so alert for the first two hours. His eyes were wide open. He didn’t cry; he was just calm,” Cohen recalls to PEOPLE. “I kind of have no words for it.”

To bring his desire to become a dad to life, Cohen “worked with an organization that helps you find the egg donor and the surrogate, and you kind of package the whole process…I worked with an incredible surrogate. She was in California. Surrogacy is illegal in so many states, including New York. I don’t understand why. It’s a voluntary process, obviously. My surrogate just viewed it as, she was giving me the ultimate gift. She gave me life. So I’ll be forever indebted to her.”

The Bravo host shares that he felt “very lucky” in that the embryo that turned into Benjamin was placed in his surrogate about a week before he turned 50 and that there were no complications, adding that he would’ve been happy with either a boy or a girl as long as it was a “healthy baby.”

“I think the biggest moment for me in the process was this summer,” Cohen recalls. “I was shooting the Southern Charm reunion and we were on a lunch break, and my surrogate texted me a video of the first sonogram. I was in my dressing room in tears. That was the moment for me where I was like, whoa.”

Cohen may not have become a first-time parent until a little later in life than most, but the advantage of that, he tells PEOPLE, is that he has “a sense of calm that I didn’t have 10 [or] 20 years ago.”

“I think I will be [a] strict [dad], but I have a sense of what to get hysterical about and what to let slide,” he says. “I don’t want to be a helicopter dad. I don’t want to stress him out. I don’t want to stress myself out. Well, that’s already happened,” the star admits of the latter reality. “That’s just part of the job.”

“My surrogate just viewed it as, she was giving me the ultimate gift…” That’s the only thing that stuck out at me as strange – of course she sees it as the ultimate gift, but does HE see it that way too? As for becoming a father at 50 and hopefully being calmer now than he was at 30 or 35… okay. I hope he’s calmer too.

Tribeca TV Festival 2018 RHONY



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