Cooper was born in New York City, the younger son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the artist, fashion designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.
It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something—something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. Cooper reportedly first considered coming out to the public in 2011, when same-sex marriage became legal in New York.
Cooper started dating his boyfriend, bar owner Benjamin Maisani, in 2009 and the two have been together since.
Maisani is the co-owner of the bar Eastern Bloc and Gawker had a lot to say about him when he first started dating Cooper: Nearly everyone who talks about Maisani—whose real name is Antoine—mentions what a nice guy he is.
He and spends a lot of time working out at the Crunch on Lafayette newly-opened David Barton Gym on Astor Place—someone even said “obsessively”—and is frequently spotted spotting Andy himself while doing squats.
He likes horror movies, is an amateur photographer, and doesn’t go out much, other than the work at his own bar.