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.

Kotb brought home her first child in 2017 when she was 52 years old and served as a mentor for Cohen. He thanked her when he stopped by the morning show this week:

“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.”

He added:

“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.'”

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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.

Watch the interview below:

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8 Replies to “Andy Cohen Says He Was Hesitant to Welcome Baby at 50, But Son Gave Him More Purpose”

  • Thomas Ianello 2 years ago

    Hmmm, let’s see, what do I think? I think anybody having a child over the age of 40 is an asshole! Life after 50 starts to get rough, well but maybe not for these wealthier people who can afford to hire nanny’s and don’t get to experience raising children like us normal folks. As I realize death can come at any moment in life, but complications over 50 become reality moreso. I’d certainly hate to be a young boy and have my father die. Just like Tony Randall having a baby at 70. So to answer the original question, I think it’s selfish!!!

  • sm 2 years ago

    My only caveat would be, like with other gay parents, hope he doesn’t become same…? (The Kevin Hart thing…!) That said, Andy Cohen will probably be a great dad. His son will keep him in his old age (in about thirty years or so) and in the meantime, will have a life which most of us can only dream of…

  • Michael Bankston 2 years ago

    I pray that Cohen lives to see his grandchildren.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I love you Andy Cohen I think you are a very compassionate person. I only wish that your son was one of the many children here that. Need a forever home also.

  • Maureen 2 years ago

    I love you Andy Cohen I think you are a very compassionate person. I only wish that your son was one of the many children here that. Need a forever home also.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Age has nothing to do with your capacity to,love a child. My own parents were over 40 when they adopted my sister and I was born shortly afterwards. I never realized until I grew up that they were much older than the other parents. They loved us just as much as any other parents could. My sister and I grew up in a wonderful and loving home, without any compensation for age… and as I look back I see that their maturity added much to our upbringing.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Very sad that this innocent child will grow up without a Mom, due to the all about me attitude of this man.

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