Anderson Cooper Kissed: Boyfriend Jealous Of GLAAD Award 2013 Winner's Madonna Kiss? [VIDEO & REPORT]

By Megan Schaefer March 18, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
Anderson Cooper and Madonna speak onstage at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 16, 2013 in New York City.
Anderson Cooper and Madonna speak onstage at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 16, 2013 in New York City.

Anderson Cooper kissed Madonna!

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Cooper kissed Madonna at the 24th Annual GLAAD Awards Sunday night. The Material Girl presented the silver fox with the Vito Russo Award, which goes to an openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

The award is named in honor of Vito Russo who is a founding member of GLAAD. Past Vito Russo Awards have been given to big celebrity names like RuPaul, Rosie O'Donnell, Cynthia Nixon and Ricky Martin.

Cooper was the 2013 recipient and was greeted on stage by Madonna who insisted that she was going to feel up the 45-year-old journalist.

"Please come and grab your GLAAD Award ... and let me have a reason to grab your ass," Madonna announced to the crowd.

Anderson decided to seize Madonna's playful personality and kissed the 54-year-old singer.

"I just kissed Madonna," Cooper said before wiping Madonna's red lipstick off of his mouth.

"Thank you very much. Do I have lipstick on me from Madonna? Anyway ... it's a first. Kissing a woman that is," Cooper joked.

Singer Madonna presents the Vito Russo Award to journalist Anderson Cooper during the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, March 16, 2013.
Singer Madonna presents the Vito Russo Award to journalist Anderson Cooper during the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, March 16, 2013.

Almost a year ago Cooper spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time. In a detailed email to journalist Andrew Sullivan, Cooper explained why he has kept his sexual orientation under wraps since he decided he wanted to become a journalist.

"[I] prefer to stick to my job of telling other people's stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist," Cooper continued. "It's become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true."

Cooper explained in the email that as a society we are moving toward equality for all people and that can only be done when people "make themselves fully visible".

"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 said.

The journalist continued to explain that he still considers himself a reserved person. Reserved, Cooper? You didn't look so reserved when you were laying one on Madonna!

Before Cooper began his acceptance speech he thanked Madonna for being an ally and a friend to the LGBT community not just in America but around the world.

Journalist Anderson Cooper accepts his Vito Russo Award during the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, March 16, 2013.
Journalist Anderson Cooper accepts his Vito Russo Award during the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, March 16, 2013.

Madonna, who is known for her memorable kisses, was dressed in a Boy Scout uniform at the GLAAD awards stirring up controversy with the organization that bans gay people from joining.

"I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn't let me join," she said. "I think that's f*cked up. I know how to build a fire. I can pitch a tent ... most importantly; I know how to scout for boys."

Madonna has been a gay activist for years, which is probably why Cooper felt inclined to kiss her.

"I've had some many blessings in my life but being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings," Cooper said in his GLAAD Award acceptance speech.

The TV personality thanked all the known and unknown supporters of LGBT community.

"[Being gay] has allowed me to love and be loved, to open my head and open my heart in ways I would have never predicted," he noted. "The ability to love one another, the ability to love another person is in my opinion one of God's greatest gifts and I thank God every day for the ability to give and share love with the people in my life. My family, my friends, my partner Benjamin, thank you very much."

We just hope Benjamin doesn't get jealous of his man kissing Madonna. We know we would be. Seriously, have you seen her body lately?

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