In his “I'm gay” statement published Monday, Anderson Cooper denied being closeted, following in the footsteps of other gay celebrities who have insisted they never concealed their sexual orientation.

Before he stated, “I'm gay, always have been, always will be,” Cooper, CNN's best-known news anchor, effectively denied being closeted, “I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family and my colleagues.”

“In a perfect world, I don't think it's anyone else's business,” he added.

Last year, American Idol alum Clay Aiken, who came out gay in a high-profile 2008 People magazine cover story, was criticized when he said he was never in.

“I wasn't in the closet before,” he said. “People knew, I had told my family, I'd told friends, people knew but I had not told 'you' and it's none of your business.”

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir even argued that keeping mum is a powerful statement.

“I never thought like I lived in a closet, I just didn't say it in black and white for people that I'm gay because it's not important,” Weir said. “I think the strongest thing I can do as a gay man is live completely [and] normally show that – well, as normal as I can – and show that I'm nothing to be afraid of. I am nothing special simply because of something I was born with. I've made myself Johnny Weir. I've made my life very nice for myself and I've worked hard for it. And I want people to focus on that, not that I'm gay.”

In an op-ed in The New York Times, Daniel Mendelsohn shot down such arguments, saying they reveal “deep and troubling assumptions.”

“If you're really 'happy, comfortable … and proud' to be gay, as Mr. Cooper says he is, the simple fact of being gay should be no more a 'privacy' issue than being straight is for straight people,” he wrote. “You can't claim to be comfortable with being gay while trying to keep it a secret: When you conceal your sexuality, you're buying, however unconsciously or reluctantly, into the notion that there is, at some level, something wrong with it.”