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Why Andy Cohen never thought a baby ‘was in the cards’

Andy Cohen‘s dream came true when he welcomed son Benjamin Allen via surrogate earlier this month because he didn’t think he’d ever be able to be a dad.

“I always knew that I wanted a family,” Cohen, 50, told People. “But as a gay man, I never thought it was in the cards for me.”

One of the hardest things in life the “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” host had to do was come out to his parents, which he revealed didn’t go over well at first.

“When I came out to my parents in 1988, my mom said she had to mourn the life that I wasn’t going to be able to have,” he shared. “And that life meant getting married and having kids … So all these years later, gay men are raising families and getting married. There were points where I thought that it was too late for me or that I was really focused on my career, and I was having too much fun to think about it.

“It was still there nagging at me in the back of my head.”

When Cohen ultimately decided to go through with surrogacy in 2017 — he spent 2018 saying goodbye to his bachelor ways — the New York-based star went to California because of the differences in the states’ surrogacy laws. The embryo was implanted in his “wonderful surrogate” a week before he turned 50. He wouldn’t say whether he chose to have a boy.

“All I will say is that I would have been happy with a boy or a girl,” he told the magazine. “I just wanted to have a healthy baby.”

While Cohen might be a single dad, he’s surrounded by plenty of help, including best friends Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Ripa and Bruce Bozzi.

“I want Benny to be surrounded by as many women as possible,” Cohen said. “Women have played such a key role in my life. My most important relationship has probably been with my mom. He will be surrounded by women.”

“He needs it,” he added. “We all need it.”