March 16, 2018 at 11:25 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Anderson Cooper splits with longtime boyfriend Benjamin Maisani

Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani (Photo courtesy of Instagram)

Anderson Cooper and his longtime boyfriend Benjamin Maisani have broken up.

“Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago,” Cooper, 50, said in a statement. “We are still family to each other, and love each other very much. We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.”

Cooper and Maisani first started dating in 2009. A reason for the split wasn’t confirmed but Cooper has been candid in the past about his busy schedule.

“I’m definitely a workaholic,” Cooper told People in 2017. “I’m off about one weekend a month. During the week I’m on CNN, and also work for ’60 Minutes’ — most of the weekends are traveling for CNN or ’60 minutes.'”

“I think he’s annoyed that I travel so much but he also knows how much I like it. He’s kind of used to it,” he added. “He’s never asked me not to go somewhere. He’s pretty understanding that the job requires travel, and he’s cool with that.”

According to the Daily Mail, Cooper and Maisani appear to still be living together. The pair were photographed leaving their New York City home earlier this week.

Cooper has been linked to radiologist Victor Lopez, who has posted photos with Cooper on his private Instagram.

 

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