Sam Champion is happily planning his upcoming nuptials to boyfriend Rubem Robierb with the support of legions of Good Morning America fans, and the weather anchor has Anderson Cooper to thank for inspiring him to confirm that he is gay alongside his happy engagement news.
“It’s not easy,” Champion — who announced his plans to marry October 5 — told The New York Daily News. “So whenever anyone does do it, it makes it easier for everybody, just a little bit.”
Champion, 51, tells The News he was moved to make his sexuality publicly known when Anderson Live and AC360 host Cooper, 45, announced he was gay. “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Gloria Vanderbilt‘s son wrote in an email to longtime friend and political blogger Andrew Sullivan, who later published the email — with Cooper’s permission — on The Daily Beast‘s website in July.