Anderson Cooper’s talk show is taking a sharp turn from tanning with Snooki and venturing into deeply personal territory, addressing the suicide of Anderson Cooper’s brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper.
On Monday, (Sept. 19), Anderson sits down with his mother, famed fashion designed Gloria Vanderbilt, for a intimate discussion about Carter’s 1988 suicide.
“He let go, and there was a moment when I thought I was going to jump over after him,” said Vanderbilt, recalling when Carter jumped from the family’s 14th floor NYC penthouse.
Vanderbilt found strength in Anderson, her other son, as she “thought of [him] and it stopped me from [jumping].”
Vanderbilt addressed the suicide in her 1997 book, “A Mother’s Story;” Vanderbilt believes a medicine allergy caused an imbalance that facilitated Carter’s decision to jump.
Anderson praises his mother’s resilience, saying that despite the hardships she has endured, they “[haven’t] made you tough, it hasn’t hardened you. You’re still open to experience and open to new loss and open to new heartbreak and to new love.”