Man, has it been a rough coupla weeks for the dreamboats of the world. First, we all downed gallons of ice cream in spiritual support of Robert Pattinson’s epic betrayal by the hands of Kristen Stewart, and now we all sit and wait–single tears falling–to learn whether talk of Anderson Cooper‘s betrayal by the hands of longtime beau Benjamin Maisani, is true blue.
The other day, this photo (and others) hit the Internet. They show the Silver Fox’s boyfriend making out with a man who is decidedly not Anderson Cooper. At this point, no one knows when the images were snapped or who this Other Man even is, and it’s highly doubtful we’ll hear anything at all from Cooper’s camp.
In the meantime, rumors begin to swirl including the following:
1. They have an open relationship!
Cooper himself is known to pick up an occasional stray here and there during his travels, and the two, who live together in NYC, have “an understanding.” I’m…not buying it.
2. This is an old picture!
Since no one knows when this was taken or where it came from, there is the possibility that it is an old image and this is simply a previous fling of Ben’s. But the obvious question is: would paparazzi be following Ben Maisani pre Anderson Cooper? Doubtful.
3. BUT THEY WERE GETTING MARRIED NEXT MONTH!
Sadly, the most compelling explanation here is the simplest, which is that this is old school detective work a la US Weekly with KStew and that old creepy director dude. Which is all the more heartbreaking considering Cooper not only very recently came out, confirming he was very happy, but that there was a rumored wedding to be taking place as early as Labor Day weekend.
But seriously, if this IS legit, how awesome would it be if the pictures made it to Cooper’s Ridiculist for the week? #soawesome