Anderson Cooper and Boyfriend Benjamin Maisani Look Dapper on the Red Carpet

Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani, a nightclub mogul, reportedly met in 2009

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Anderson Cooper and his boyfriend Benjamin Maisani make one well-dressed couple.

The two donned sharp suits and ties to walk the red carpet hand-in-hand at the Elton John AIDS Foundation 14th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Monday night.

Cooper, 48, and his partner also recently stepped out together at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in June and the GLAAD Media Awards in May.

In 2014, Cooper joked about texting a shocked Maisani after the CNN journalist spent $1.4 million on a piece of art at Sean Penn’s Help Haiti Home gala.

Though the journalist and nightclub mogual have kept their romance fairly private, Maisani spoke to French Morning in 2014 about the public attention surrounding his relationship with Cooper.

“I understand that it interests people, but it doesn t interest me,” the French native said. “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.”

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Cooper came out publicly in 2012 in an open letter to his longtime friend Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast.

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