Anderson Cooper came out of the closet to propose marriage to boyfriend Ben Maisani, grocery store tabloid The National Enquirer reported.

The 45-year-old Cooper, long rumored to be gay, discussed his sexual orientation for the first time in a lengthy e-mail published last week on Andrew Sullivan's blog The Dish, which is hosted by The Daily Beast. Cooper said he was proud and gay.

“The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Cooper wrote.

The CNN anchor has been involved with Maisani, the 39-year-old owner of gay bar Eastern Bloc in Manhattan's East Village, since at least 2009.

“He'd been considering breaking the news [about being gay] since same-sex marriage became legal in the state of New York last summer,” the Enquirer quoted an unnamed source. “It's been about a year now and he wants to get married to Ben. They're totally committed to one another.”

According to the report, the Cooper-Maisani wedding could take place as early as Labor Day.