Andy Cohen is going to have one very exciting new year. That’s because he is starting a new chapter in his life: fatherhood. And even though Andy has plenty of experience dealing with temper tantrums, meltdowns, teaching people how to be polite, how to share, and how to be respectful, this is going to be nothing like The Real Housewives. Andy is going to be responsible for a little person in this world, and it’s a challenge that is far different than sitting through one of The Real Housewives season reunions.
In some ways, a lot of people would say that Andy Cohen is a father, or at least a father figure. Heck, some would even call him the 'Godfather of the Bravo Network', simply because he has done one pretty good job of keeping things stable, despite all of the circumstances he deals with on a daily basis. What’s more, he’s also a great father to his pup, Wacha, who always looks like he is living the good life. With that being said, we’ve got 20 different ways that Andy Cohen’s life will change the moment he becomes a father. It’ll be a new kind of family life with plenty of adjustments to be made.
Now that Andy Cohen has announced that he is officially going to be a dad, who in the world will take over The Real Housewives universe? For now, Andy doesn’t seem to be the least bit worried as all he can think about is his new chapter in his life. "Throughout it, I've always tried to be as transparent as possible about my life. I overshare and I expect everyone around me to do the same and tonight I want you to be the first to know that after many years of careful deliberation, 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 thanks to a wonderful surrogate who is carrying my future," he shared.
A lot of celebrity parents – especially during their first time around – tend to leave the spotlight for some time to focus on their new life at home with their baby. And with Andy Cohen, a lot of people believe that he might shift things around in his life a little bit. Even though he is basically the face of both the Bravo network and The Real Housewives franchise, fans can expect to see less of him on the red carpet and in public in the coming weeks. He will be too busy spending every little moment with his son at home.
A lot of people can’t help but wonder if Andy Cohen will be a social media dad like so many other celebrities out there. And while no one knows what direction he will go in yet, one thing is for certain: he is going to do his best to protect his child’s privacy. If there is anyone out there who knows just how unkind the internet can be, it’s Andy Cohen. We have a feeling that while he will show us a glimpse of his life here and there, don’t expect social media stories of him and his child at Walt Disney World anytime soon.
While there’s no doubt that a lot of things can be said about a person like Andy Cohen, one thing is for certain: he wants to be a good role model for his son. For those who know him well, they know he will be. Andy is kind, he is considerate, he is funny, and most of all, he knows how to get people together. Plus, he really wants to take care of another human being in his life. “I think it would be great to open my life up,” Cohen explained. “My dog Wacha made me think totally differently. It’s great to take care of someone else and put their needs before your own.”
How is Andy Cohen’s life going to change once he becomes a father? In plenty of ways. While there are a lot of mothers who worry about the work and life balance, there are plenty of fathers who are in that same boat, too, and Andy Cohen will be no different. As much as his career is very important to him, there’s a good possibility that he will be taking on less hosting gigs and paid public appearances just so he can be with his new bundle of joy at home. After all, these precious moments only last for so long and Andy won’t want to miss any of it.
A lot of parents will tell you the same thing: when you become a parent, you feel more emotionally drained than you do physically. That’s because you tend to do a lot more worrying and you are certainly much more stressed. For Andy, he knows that he’s going to have to make a lot of changes in his life, especially as a single father. He is determined to do this right. “I have many friends who have had kids alone but I don’t think I can do it with the lifestyle I have right now. It’s not fair to the kid,” Cohen admitted several years ago.
It’s without a doubt that Andy Cohen is a very detail-oriented person. After all, we’ve seen just how immaculate he looks each time he’s on television, his late night talk show, on the red carpet, right? No one does glamour and sophistication (without trying too hard) as well as Andy Cohen. With that being said, we have a feeling that he will definitely be paying attention to all of the small details when it comes to being a parent. This kid is going to have the best wardrobe, the most desirable closet, and the best nursery and toddler room in the celebrity sphere. We are sure Andy has plenty of friends over at the HGTV channel!
Since Andy’s little boy is going to have the best digs in the neighborhood, expect this father and son duo to be spending more time at home. For Andy, having a family is his dream come true and he is ready to finally live his best life. Andy has said, "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. And then here we are in 2018, almost , and anything’s possible. And I’m so grateful to a wonderful surrogate that I’m working with.”
Andy Cohen is a public figure, but just like so many other celebrity parents out there, he understands that his child wasn’t born asking to be a celebrity. That’s why he is willing to do just about everything in his power to make sure that his privacy is protected. After all, Andy has always been rather protective of his own personal life in the past, and that’s why a lot of people believe that he will take the same approach with his son. While there’s no doubt that he will talk about how fatherhood has changed his life for the better, don’t expect him to go into too many details about his everyday life.
When it comes to the internet, everyone has an opinion, right? There are some people that think Andy shouldn’t be having a child on his own or that he might be – gasp – too old. But for Andy, he’s not paying attention to any of them. Andy has said, "By the way, by the time it became possible, I was kind of having too much fun in my life to say, ‘I don’t think I can do this right now.’ But here I am, I turned 50 this year. It takes some people longer to get to that place. And it took me that time.”
Andy recently announced that he is taking his late night talk show, ‘Watch What Happens Live’ to the West Coast as he continues to prep for the arrival of his new baby. So, does this mean that he plans on raising his child on both coasts? We wouldn’t be surprised if that happened, although we are sure that New York City will always be his home base. “Moving the Clubhouse to L.A. is a win all the way around,” Cohen told People Magazine in a statement. “There will be great guests, great energy and I can make a 9 p.m. dinner reservation after we get off the air!”
If there's one person who will know how to deal with toddler meltdowns and temper tantrums, it’s Andy Cohen. Everyone seems to be rather impressed by the way he conducts himself during all of those heated Real Housewives reunion specials, right? We’ve seen him getting shoved by Teresa Giudice on the couch and get in the middle of some rather huge battles between grown up ladies who – quite frankly – shouldn’t be getting into verbal accusations on national television, right? If Andy can handle that, then it’s without a doubt he can handle anything. We have our faith in him.
With the above being said, we also have a good feeling that Andy is going to be a wonderful, loving and very patient father. And yes, many moms and dads will agree that the key to successful parenting is having a whole lot of patience, which isn’t always easy. But for Andy, his parenting philosophy will be based on staying positive and looking at the brighter things in life. That’s how he’s always been. Andy has said, “I'm big on being positive. I'm generally so positive and happy. I just always felt that I was exactly where I wanted to be. And things have continued to go in great directions.”
There are a lot of people out that would agree to this statement: Andy Cohen is one of the hardest working people in the entertainment industry. There’s a good reason why he’s been the face of the Bravo network for well over a decade now: he just doesn’t stop. Not only is he good at what he does, but he also works very hard at it. But now that he’s about to start a new chapter in his life, expect to see Andy Cohen shift his priorities in his life. Some things are just not going to be as important – like his career – as other things now.
Let’s face it: Andy Cohen has a lot of great women in his life. And because of that, he also has a great opportunity to lean on all of the mothers in his life and ask them for all of their great parenting advice. No one is going to doubt that he’s the King of The Real Housewives empire, right? We can only imagine some of the baby gifts that he will be getting from his Housewives friends in the coming weeks. "I have all the gear. I'm getting the gear," he said. "Everyone's given me wonderful advice. I have a lot of great women in my life."
Andy Cohen has said this so many times and we believe him. Family means everything to him. He’s still very close to his parents and his sister and is undeniably very proud of his St. Louis roots. And because he grew up in such a loving home, he wants to build the same kind of family for him and his son, too. Andy once said in an interview, “Dinner 'conversation' at the Cohens' meant my sister, mom, and I relaying in brutal detail the day's events in a state of amplified hysteria, while my father listened to his own smooth jazz station in his head.”
No one is going to deny that Andy has seen some pretty harsh scenes on several of The Real Housewives shows. You can’t call it good reality television without someone getting into some sort of verbal altercation with another person, right? But for Andy, his personal life is far from it. If there is one thing that he’s going to do, it’s teach his child to be positive, to pay it forward, and to always be kind. Don’t say something about someone that you wouldn’t want said about yourself. That’s his life mantra. He is determined to raise a good human being.
Don’t be surprised if Andy spends all of his holidays with his son back at home in St. Louis. It’s the one place where he definitely feels like he can be himself, especially with his family by his side. Andy said, "Family means everything to me and having one of my own is something I've wanted in my heart for my entire life and while it has taken me longer than most to get there, I cannot wait for what I envision will be my most rewarding chapter yet."
Andy might be a fabulous and very successful television host and personality, but deep down inside all he’s ever wanted in his life is a family. His friend Sarah Jessica Parker puts it this way, “Andy will be a wonderful father and has been waiting forever to be called Papa. I can’t wait to meet and know his child and offer any help or guidance I can offer the new daddy. This has been a hard secret to keep and I was so thrilled to hear him share his very happy news last night. Now we are just counting the days.”
While no one knows what’s next for Andy Cohen, one thing is for certain: he will be learning a lot about parenthood and about himself in the coming months. There’s also a chance that he might be open to new, long-lasting relationships while building a stronger foundation for love in his life. “I grew up in St. Louis with two parents and a sister and a lot of people around. I don’t have that supportive structure.”, he said in 2011. “I would love to get married now. I’m thrilled about [marriage equality] and it made me think about it in a way I hadn’t before.”