Television mogul Andy Cohen welcomed his very first child, Benjamin, on February 4. It was a big step considering he used to be unsure if parenting was even in the cards.
The 50-year-old reality host said he turned to his friend, “Today” anchor Hoda Kotb, before welcoming his own child.
“You were a great help to me and inspiring to me. I was wondering, ‘Can I do this at this moment in my life?’ I’m 50. Okay? Let’s be real here.”
“I think 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?”
Despite having a child later in life, Cohen said he’s so happy to be a dad. He told “Today”:
“There is a comfort in knowing that he’s there waiting for me. I went out for my first night away from him, just for dinner with friends the other night, and I was sitting there and I realized, ‘Wow! I love it that he’s there at home for me.’ It’s an anchor. It’s my family. I was like, ‘I love this feeling.'”
Cohen said his priorities have shifted since welcoming a little one. Suddenly distractions like social media seemed much less important, he explained:
“I look at him the way I used to look at Instagram. I just sit and stare at him. I’m like, ‘Well, this is more interesting than a bunch of hot guys on my feed.'”
As Dearly previously reported, Cohen was dad-shamed shortly after welcoming his son when he brought the newborn on a private airplane.
However, it doesn’t seem the new father took the criticism to heart. He’s too busy focusing on his adorable bundle of joy.