Anderson Cooper put his handsome looks to good use as a model starting at age 10.
However, while chatting with Howard Stern on the radio personality's program on Monday, the 46-year-old CNN anchor explained why he decided to leave the modeling world at 13.
"I got propositioned by a photographer...a male," Cooper said. "He somehow got my number and called me up and offered me money, and so it freaked me out. I never told anybody. I just stopped. I was, like, 'forget it.'"
When asked exactly how much money he was offered, Cooper brought a little levity to the conversation by saying, "$2,500, which I thought was a little low."
Speaking of money, the guy was obviously surrounded by plenty of it as a kid. After all, he is the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.
But Cooper told Stern he will not be receiving any kind of inheritance.
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"My mom's made it clear to me that there's no trust fund," he revealed. "There's none of that."
After calling inherited money an "initiative sucker" and a "curse," Cooper said, "Who's inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in their own life? From the time I was growing up, if I felt that there was some pot of gold waiting for me, I don't know that I would've been so motivated."