The vicious side of the Cooper boyfriend rumor has the young man temporarily using Cooper for his money, and planning to toss him aside when the novelty wears off — or at least pretending this is the plan for the sake of his more disapproving confidantes. But that could also be BS circulated by jealous gay friends!

And it's not like Cooper couldn't be using his boy toy for his own selfish purposes. A live-in layabout could handily prevent any more of the anchor's many stalkers from moving in!