He and star CNN journalist Anderson Cooper met in 2009, and the couple has sparked interest ever since.Maisani’s avoidance of the limelight has left the gossip-hungry press with mostly surface descriptions like “hot,” “intelligent and cultivated,” “nice,” and “under-the-radar boyfriend.” “I understand that it interests people Bedlam, one of four that he owns."I have a friend -- I send her one text and I get 20 texts back. If you’ve never heard of Benjamin Maisani, you’re not alone.
“He broke my cardinal rule…He mentioned my mom within the first four sentences of meeting me.” Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles.and, in the process, revealed a juicy, little tidbit about his past with Cooper.After chatting for a second about how Cooper was "the one that got away" from Ripa (as a co-host, that is), the trio begin discussing the actual romantic links between An Co-squared.For a celebrity boyfriend and night club mogul, he keeps a particularly low profile.“I rarely go out, and when I do I never stay out very late,” says the 40-something Frenchman, adding that he visits his clubs only for, “not very glamorous reasons: administrative tasks, paying bills…” But if Maisani isn’t a household name, his better half certainly is.“Like most people, I never really thought about it and I never wanted to be a celebrity.I knew I’d have to be careful right from the start before it had a chance to get out of hand.” Maisani first came to New York in 1994 to study film.He likes horror movies, is an amateur photographer, and doesn't go out much, other than the work at his own bar.He broke up with his last boyfriend last winter and started dating Cooper shortly thereafter.We can't pinpoint exactly when, but most people seem to think it was about eight months ago.The gossip is that the couple are planning to buy (or have already bought) a converted firehouse on West 3rd Street together.It is done up with lots of homoerotic communist propaganda and achieves a vibe somewhere between shabby chic and camp, with stools spray-painted with the words "Mary" and "hooker" on the seat.where the acclaimed CNN news anchor got pretty candid about his love life -- including his failed romance with Cohen himself. According to Cooper, they pair were once set up on a blind date, but Cooper decided he wasn't interested in Cohen before it even went down.Because, funnily enough, it turns out that the two almost went on a blind date several years ago, that is until Cohen blew it by breaking Cooper's "cardinal rule": mentioning his mom, socialite/fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt.