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Andy Cohen Explains Why He Doesn't Show His Son's Face on Instagram Anymore

The WWHL host opened up about his parenting style while navigating social media — and what he thinks of the way the Real Housewives raise their kids. 

By Jenny Berg

Over the past few months, Andy Cohen has shared plenty of updates about his son, Benjamin Allen Cohen and his daughter, Lucy. Now four years old, Ben has developed a unique system of "calculations" for the day ahead, and he enjoys the occasional early-morning potato chip. However, even though Andy's followers have heard a lot about Ben lately, they haven't seen much of him. And that's not by accident. 

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Andy recently explained his decision to stop showing Ben's face on social media. In an interview with TODAY, Andy had this to say: "The last time I showed Ben’s face [on Instagram] was when I got my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," he said. "And Lucy, I’m teetering towards not showing anymore. I just feel funny about it. People need to understand that my kids are not me and they didn’t sign up for this.” 

Andy Cohen opens up about sharing photos of Ben and Lucy on Instagram

Andy went on to share that his mom — AKA Ben and Lucy's grandma — has strong feelings on the matter. "I’m figuring it out as I go," he said."My mom is really on me about it. She’s really like, ‘You have to stop.’ She was very vocal about, ‘OK, you can’t show Ben anymore. When are you going to stop showing Lucy?’”

Andy's mother isn't the only one who talks to him about parenting. According to the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host, the Real Housewives from several different franchises have also had an unexpected role in the way that he raises his tots. 

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“You can say a lot about the Housewives, but they’re great moms," Andy told Today. “One of the unexpected joys of my time with the Wives is that now, when we’re on breaks from reunions, we’re sitting there waiting, getting touched up and stuff, and we all talk about our kids and about parenting. It’s opened up a portal to the way they parent that I never used to care about very much, frankly.”

Andy also shared how Ben keeps him grounded, sharing the most heart-melting story. “If I go on Twitter at any given moment, it’s a battlefield about politics, or people telling me that I messed up a show completely, or that I’m this, that, or the other," he said. 

"But Ben today: I was like, ‘Ben, I love you.’ He goes, ‘However many stars there are in the sky is how much I love you.’ And I’m set for the day. I don’t give a f-ck what anyone’s saying about me on Twitter. This little boy loves me for as many stars as there are? The rest doesn’t really matter!”

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